US bishops grateful for Pre-Synod on Young People, the Faith, and Vocational Discernment

PRE-SYNOD MEETING IN ROME—Pope Francis walked with youth at World Youth Day in Poland, July 2016. Three hundred youth representing different cultural and religious backgrounds gathered in Rome March 19-24 for a pre-synod meeting, a precursor to the October synod of bishops on “Young People, the Faith and the Discernment of Vocation.” Between the Rome gathering and participation via social media, some 15,300 young people took part in the discussion. (Photo courtesy of Vatican Media)

The US Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) Chairmen for the Committee on Clergy, Consecrated Life, and Vocations and the Committee on Laity, Marriage, Family Life, and Youth have expressed gratitude for the openness and honesty of the young adults who participated as delegates to the Pre-Synodal Meeting in anticipation of this October’s Ordinary Synod of Bishops on Young People, the Faith, and Vocational Discernment. Read more

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What US Catholics see as Pope Francis’ most notable action

NOTABLE ACTIONS—Pope Francis at the general audience in St. Peter’s Square on March 14, 2018. (Photo by Daniel Ibanez/CNA)
NOTABLE ACTIONS—Pope Francis at the general audience in St. Peter’s Square on March 14, 2018. (Photo by Daniel Ibanez/CNA)

What has been Pope Francis’ most notable action so far in his papacy?

A group of some 300 US Catholics was recently asked this question in a recent study conducted by the Pew Research Center, drawing a multitude of responses.

Participants were asked to explain in their own words the most noteworthy thing Pope Francis has accomplished during his past five years as pope, despite their personal opinions of him. Read more

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World Day for Consecrated Life coincides with release of 2017 Profession Class Survey

CONGREGATION OF MARY, QUEEN—Bishop Edward Rice with members of the Congregation of Mary, Queen religious community of Springfield. A recent survey, Profession Class of 2017, conducted by the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate (CARA), indicates that two-thirds of responding religious (64 percent) identify as white, more than one in six (18 percent) identifies as Asian, and more than one in 10 (11 percent) identifies as Hispanic. Most responding religious were born in the US (67 percent). Of those born outside the US, the most common country of origin is Vietnam. (The Mirror)
CONGREGATION OF MARY, QUEEN—Bishop Edward Rice with members of the Congregation of Mary, Queen religious community of Springfield. A recent survey, Profession Class of 2017, conducted by the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate (CARA), indicates that two-thirds of responding religious (64 percent) identify as white, more than one in six (18 percent) identifies as Asian, and more than one in 10 (11 percent) identifies as Hispanic. Most responding religious were born in the US (67 percent). Of those born outside the US, the most common country of origin is Vietnam. (The Mirror)

As the Catholic Church prepares to celebrate the World Day for Consecrated Life on Feb. 2, the US Conference of Catholic Bishops’ (USCCB) Committee on Clergy, Consecrated Life, and Vocations (CCLV) released the results of a survey taken of the most recent Profession Class of 2017 conducted by the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate (CARA).

Commenting on the World Day for Consecrated Life, Card. Joseph Tobin, Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Newark and Chair of the USCCB’s Committee on Clergy, Consecrated Life, and Vocations states: “For 21 years, the Church has designated the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord, Candlemas Day, as an appropriate moment to thank God for the gift of consecrated life. Jesus is manifest as ‘light of revelation for the Gentiles’ and ‘glory for God’s people, Israel.’ Consecrated men and women reflect this light as witnesses of Jesus in a world that is often shrouded in shadow.” Read more

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US commits to increased aid for persecuted Iraqis

CHILD REFUGEES IN IRAQ— The federal government has pledged $55 million in aid for religious and ethnic groups that have faced ISIS persecution in Iraq’s Ninewa Province. (Photo by Daniel Ibanez/CNA)
CHILD REFUGEES IN IRAQ— The federal government has pledged $55 million in aid for religious and ethnic groups that have faced ISIS persecution in Iraq’s Ninewa Province. (Photo by Daniel Ibanez/CNA)

The federal government has pledged $55 million in aid for religious and ethnic groups that have faced ISIS persecution in Iraq’s Ninewa Province, drawing praise from the Knights of Columbus, a supporter of humanitarian efforts in the region.

The US Agency for International Development (USAID) announced last week that the government will provide $75 million to the UN Development Programme (UNDP) for aid to Iraq, including the $55 million earmarked for communities of Christians and other ethnic and religious minorities. Future contributions from USAID will depend on the success of new accountability and transparency measures at the UN, according to the announcement. Read more

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