I add my voice to members of the leadership of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops who have welcomed Pope Francis’ the new apostolic exhortation “Christus Vivit,” (“Christ is Alive”), as “a wonderful summon to the Church to more vigorously invest in youth and young adults, especially those on the peripheries and those disconnected from the Church.”
The Church in the Diocese of Cleveland deeply acknowledges the gift of our youth and young adults and the contributions they bring to our faith communities. This new post youth synod teaching from Pope Francis helps provide a road map that will serve to help strengthen our parishes and our diocese as we add opportunities for our young people to grow in faith and in holiness. This is a time in the Church to look to our young people as leading figures to help guide us as we all strive to become better missionary disciples, building up the kingdom of God on earth.
“Christus Vivit” is the result of two years of consultation by episcopal conferences, movements, and Catholic organizations, along with a worldwide online survey and a Pre-Synod Meeting with young adults in March 2018, the General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops met in October 2018 on the theme ‘Young People, the Faith, and Vocational Discernment.’ Bishops, clergy, religious, and lay people, including a number of young people, together with Pope Francis, addressed the challenges facing younger generations today and ways in which the Church can best respond.
I encourage all Catholic leaders within the diocese to read and study the pope’s exhortation, looking forward to what the Holy Spirit will bring that flows from this teaching.
Click HERE to read the exhortation.