By: Pope Francis
Originally Appeared in : 9823-11/8/18

Speaking on behalf of all adult Catholics, Pope Francis formally closed the 2018 Synod of Bishops by asking young people for forgiveness. "Forgive us if often we have not listened to you, if instead of opening our hearts, we have filled your ears. As Christ's Church, we want to listen to you with love" because young people's lives are precious in God's eyes and "in our eyes too," the pope said in his homily Oct. 28. The Mass, celebrated in St. Peter's Basilica, closed the monthlong synod on young people, faith and vocational discernment.

By: Cindy Wooden (CNS)
Originally Appeared in : 9821-10/11/18

VATICAN CITY --Pope Francis asked bishops to be bold, honest, open-minded, charitable and, especially, prayerful as they begin a three-week meeting on “young people, the faith and vocational discernment.”


While many young people think no older person has anything useful to teach them for living today, the pope said, the age of the bishops, combined with clericalism, can lead “us to believe that we belong to a group that has all the answers and no longer needs to listen or learn anything.”


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