Weekly Updates – February 12, 2017

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JUST LET GO (2015) Official Trailer
Could you forgive? Would you forgive? Share if you believe in the power of forgiveness and the power of life. Check out the brand new trailer.

Spotlight on vocations – Vatican Connections
The Church marked the World Day of Consecrated Life, Pope Francis met with men and women religious as they held a plenary session on fidelity to one’s vocation, and we spoke to Vatican correspondent, Deborah Castellano Lubov, about the preparatory document for the Synod on Youth, Faith and Vocational Discernment.

Synod 2018: Youth, faith and vocational discernment, 06.10.2016
The Holy Father, after the customary consultation with the episcopal conferences, the sui iuris Oriental Catholic Churches and the Union of Superior Generals, as well as hearing the suggestions of the Fathers of the last Synod assembly and the opinion of the 14th Ordinary Council, has established that in October 2018 the 15th Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops will be held, on the theme: “Youth, faith and vocational discernment”.
The theme, an expression of the pastoral care of the Church for the young, is consistent with the results of the recent Synod assemblies on the family and with the content of the post-Synodal apostolic exhortation Amoris Laetitia. Its aim is to accompany the young on their existential journey to maturity so that, through a process of discernment, they discover their plan for life and realise it with joy, opening up to the encounter with God and with human beings, and actively participating in the edification of the Church and of society.

Next synod to focus on young people, vocations
EWTN’s Mary Shovlain reports from Rome on the theme of the next Synod of bishops, set to take place in October of 2018.

Preparatory Document of the 2018 Synod of Bishops
Salt and Light Media
Here is the text of the preparatory document for the XV General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops on the theme “Young people, faith and vocation discernment,”to take place in Rome in October 2018.

Mark Shriver – Witness
Mark K. Shriver, born February 17, 1964, is the son of Sargent Shriver and Eunice Kennedy, the sister of John, Robert and Ted Kennedy. He served as a member of the Maryland House of Delegates for two consecutive terms, from 1995 to 2003. He is currently president of Save the Children Action Network in Washington, D.C. His New York Times and Washington Post bestselling memoir, A Good Man: Rediscovering My Father, Sargent Shriver, was published in June 2012 and received a 2013 Christopher Award.
In this riveting WITNESS interview with Fr. Thomas Rosica, this young, articulate, distinguished member of the Kenney family openly shares how he grew “disillusioned” with the Roman Catholic Church until Pope Francis came along in 2013 and breathed new life into it for him. As Shriver followed the pope’s travels, gestures and words, he wrote: “I started to emerge from my Catholic funk.” He decided to embark on writing a book about Pope Francis by traveling to Argentina and Italy to discover how Jorge Mario Bergoglio grew into a change agent in one of the world’s most entrenched religious organizations. The result is Pilgrimage: My Search for the Real Pope Francis. In the process of writing the book, Shriver rediscovered a Church in which he could believe again and learned some powerful lessons in humility and mercy. Mark is married to Jeanne, and they have three children, Molly, Tommy and Emma, in Maryland.

Bishop Barron on the Charleston Tragedy and Forgiveness
On June 17, 2015 a man entered a church in Charleston, South Carolina and killed nine people, all African Americans, including their senior pastor and injured one other person. During his trial the murderer showed no remorse. In utter contrast to his wickedness, the victims’ families demonstrated a love so radical in forgiveness that they became an icon of the living God.

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