At the Vatican and in many parts of the world, Palm Sunday also is marked as the local celebration of World Youth Day, and Pope Francis spoke specifically to young people in his homily.
The head of an African youth network urged the world’s religions to embrace the voices of young people, as the leaders explore ways to tackle the current global ecological crisis.
To find Catholics who have left the church, start looking at the faces in the pews, according to a recent report.
Following the Francigena Way, an ancient pilgrims’ path, a group of about 300 synod participants and young people from Rome parishes headed to St. Peter’s Basilica to pray at the apostle’s tomb.
Bishop Mark O’Toole of Plymouth, England, Oct. 11, told the synod, “credibility and authenticity are crucial” and young people want to know what the church is doing to prevent clerical sexual abuse.
To reach young people and teach them the faith, Catholics must first show them that they are loved, “not just judged, discarded, or abused,” said a 29-year-old observer at the Synod of Bishops.
Young people should have a right to migrate but should never be forced to do so, said an Italian cardinal at the Synod of Bishops.
Young people from around the world told Pope Francis and members of the Synod of Bishops that they no longer want to remain on the sidelines but want to take an active role in the church.