Seminarian Jason Paul Marshall from the Archdiocese of Santa Fe was one of two people killed in the tragic bus accident June 23 involving the University of New Mexico Aquinas Newman Center’s youth group and their chaperones.
“How many are leaving? The short answer is: a lot,” the bishop said, noting the sobering statistic he said many in the room probably were aware of — that 50% of Catholics 30 years old and younger have left the church.
“Christus Vivit” (“Christ Lives”), the pope’s reflections on the 2018 Synod of Bishops on young people, the faith and vocational discernment, is a combination letter to young people about their place in the church and a plea to older members of the church not to stifle the enthusiasm of the young, but to offer gentle guidance when needed.
Do you wish you had a manual to change the world? Did you know there is an app for young people to “change ourselves with the Gospel first, and then our closest surroundings, and finally the whole world”?