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Archbishop Hart’s Pentecost Message to Youth 2018: Take the risk, spread the joy
Extract from Media and Communications Office, Melbourne Catholic, 17 May 2018
Melbourne’s Archbishop, Denis Hart, has today released his 2018 Pentecost Letter to Youth, encouraging all people, but especially the young, to ‘take the risk of faith’.      As the Archbishop points out, it is Jesus and the Spirit of Jesus driving us forward, a Spirit which has ‘no reverse gear!’      The Kingdom of Heaven is at the core of Jesus’ teachings, and Archbishop Hart points us to where we can find that Kingdom in our world today. It is to be found, he says, in ‘a world of people defined by love for each other, life to the full, wonder and care for the earth and universe, filled with creativity and beauty.’     More than that, however, the Archbishop says it is a ‘community of people’ in ‘a world where peace reigns.’              ‘My dear young people, take the risk of faith,’ enjoins His Grace. Inspired by the models of the saints, we are encouraged to ‘open our hearts to new horizons for joy’, so that we can indeed ‘walk the talk’ and, through the joy of Pentecost, share the great joy of our faith with others.    Read the Archbishop Hart’s 2018 Pentecost Letter to Youth here.
 'Get off the couch and say yes to God'
Extract from CathNews, 8 December 2017
Almost 20,000 young people were urged to set the world on fire with their faith as the Australian Catholic Youth Festival got underway in Sydney yesterday, the ACBC Media Blog reports.   The festival began at Qudos Bank Arena at Olympic Park with a Welcome to Country, followed by Canadian Catholic music star Matt Maher blasting the stage in praise of Jesus, and Sydney Archbishop Anthony Fisher’s opening address.   Archbishop Fisher, the Bishops’ Delegate for Youth, challenged the young people present to follow the example of Mary and “Say Yes” to the plans God has for their lives and he reminded them of Pope Francis’ call for young people not to live as couch potatoes.   “Get up off the couch and you’ll be able to see further as well as do more,” he said.   “And that new horizon that is opened up will be a source of joy for you and for others. Say a Marian YES, an in-God-I-trust YES, a with-all-my-heart YES, a for-today-and-always YES to God and see what he can do with you.”   Speaking at a press conference afterwards, Archbishop Fisher said he was enlivened by the faith of the young people on display during the festival opening.  “The young people were on fire with faith from the very beginning. Right from the start, you sensed the Holy Spirit among them, their love for the Church, and their hopes,” he said....(more)  Photo: CathNews, Sydney Archdiocese/ACBC    Youth Sydney Dec 2017 Syd Archdiocese ACBC
Australian Catholic Youth festival kicks off at Sydney’s Olympic Park
Extract from Catholic Communications, Sydney Archdiocese, Melbourne Catholic, Thursday 7 December 2017
Tens of thousands of young Catholics have descended on Sydney Olympic Park, kicking off three action-packed days with some of the world's best known Catholic speakers and musical artists.       The Australian Catholic Youth Festival has already attracted national media attention, with Australia's youngest bishop, Sydney Auxiliary Bishop Richard Umbers of Sydney speaking to the Nine Network about the effect of the festival on the city.    Sydney Archbishop Anthony Fisher OP welcomed the nation's youth to Sydney this morning at the first plenary session, where an estimated 19,000 young people gathered for a morning of inspirational talks and live musical performance....(more)
Disappointing response to Vatican's unprecedented youth survey
The online questionnaire in preparation for the Synod of Bishops' assembly on young people in October 2018 has received fewer responses than expected.      Limited Extract from Gauthier Vaillant, subscription journal La Croix International, 26 October 2017
More than 4 months ago the Vatican posted an online international poll for people 16-29 years of age. It was part of preparations for the Synod of Bishops' ordinary assembly, which is focusing on “Young people, faith and vocational discernment" and is to take place in Rome in October 2018.           The direct consultation was unprecedented for the Vatican. It was meant to take place in parallel with the contributions from bishops' conferences from each country around the world.....(source)
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Next synod on youth
Extract from Cathnews, 7 October 2016

The topic of the next synod has been announced as Young People, Faith, and Vocational Discernment, according to a statement released by the Vatican. The Catholic Herald has the story.      But according to one respected Vatican journalist, the synod was nearly dedicated to a different theme - priestly celibacy.     Edward Pentin, Vatican correspondent of the National Catholic Register, reported that Pope Francis was “known to be keen” for the next synod to examine “priestly celibacy and a possible push to allow married priests.”    However, Pentin wrote: “That proposal was understood to have been voted down by the majority of members on the XIV Ordinary Council of the Synod of Bishops.”      The XIV Ordinary Council is a group of bishops which works with the Pope on choosing the theme of the synod. It includes Cardinal Christoph Schönborn of Vienna, Cardinal Wilfrid Napier of Durban, Cardinal George Pell, head of Vatican finance reform, and several other well-known prelates.      In choosing the theme, Pope Francis also consulted bishops’ conferences, the Eastern Catholic Churches, and the heads of women’s religious orders.     There had been speculation that the synod would address priestly celibacy. Cardinal Cláudio Hummes, Archbishop Emeritus of São Paulo and a friend of Pope Francis, is known to be interested in reforming the requirement for priests to be celibate, and recently had an audience with the Pope.    The Vatican statement said the choice of synod theme is expressive of “pastoral concern of the Church for the young,” and was “continuous” with the previous Synod on the Family and the Pope’s subsequent document Amoris Laetitia......(more)    Photo: Mishika  Perera, St Kevin's Parish Templestowe. Watch her WYD feedback video here  (6 minutes)
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World Youth Day is a catalyst for renewal in youth ministry Australian bishops say
Extract from Media Release, Austraian Catholic Bishop's Conference, CathNews,  26 July 2016

World Youth Day in Sydney changed the landscape of youth ministry nationally, the Australian bishops said
today during a national gathering of Australian pilgrims currently participating atWorld Youth Day (WYD)  events in Krakow, Poland. Today, the Australian Bishops joined more than 3,000 young people at a national Australian gathering during WYD Krakow that included alaunch of the ‘Year of Youth’,building on the legacy of World Youth Day 2008 (WYD08).            The Year of Youth will celebrate the tenth anniversary of World Youth Day, Sydney and highlight how the Australian Church continues to tell the story of WYD08 in its local ministry. Bishop Mark Edwards, Australian Catholic Bishops Delegate for Youth and an MC at the national gathering said, ‘The years of preparation leading up to World Youth Day 2008 (WYD08) and its events have changed the landscape of youth ministry leaving a lasting impression on the Church. Local youth ministries have grown and diversified. The number of youth ministers has increased along with diocesan support structures.....(more)



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