“Education in love: affectivity and sexuality. How to accompany young people”

“Education in love: affectivity and sexuality. How to accompany young people” 08 June 2021 (ANS – Rome) – In the last two weeks of May and the first of June, delegates, consecrated persons and lay people from all the Provinces of the world participated in three formative sessions organized by the Youth Ministry Sector. This initiative was conceived in response to the need of the Provinces to form and share the pastoral and moral keys for the affective-sexual education of young people, thinking of educational criteria. The participation was very numerous and representative of the various realities: a total of about 580 people across three days. With great competence and skill, Professor Javier de la Torre introduced the participants to very delicate and significant issues on an educational-pastoral level, but also on a personal level. In the first meeting, the pastoral and moral keys for the affective sexual education of young people were provided. They started from a horizon in which there are insufficient models of sexuality education to arrive at principles of sexuality education that envisage a path of knowledge – as opposed to ignorance -, of openness and communication – as opposed to silence -, of attention and...

US Catholics to celebrate Religious Freedom Week – Vatican News

The Bishops of the United States are calling on American Catholics to pray during the upcoming week for religious freedom, held from 22 to 29 June. US Catholics to celebrate Religious Freedom Week By Vatican News staff writer “Solidarity in Freedom” is the theme of the annual Religious Freedom Week, which the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) is promoting from June 22 to 29. The reason for the choice of dates is that 22 June marks the liturgical memory of Saints Thomas More and John Fisher, who died defending the primacy of the Roman Pontiff in the dispute over Henry VIII’s marriage. 29 June, on the other hand, marks the Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul, Patrons of Rome. In a message published on their website, the Bishops write that “solidarity means much more than engaging in sporadic acts of generosity. It means thinking and acting in terms of community.”   Religious freedom, they continue, allows the Church, and all religious communities, to live out their faith in public and to serve the good of all. Prayer guides In view of the event, the USCCB has prepared a special prayer subsidy that suggests, for each day of...

“What has changed in your life after joining ADMA?” Some new ADMA members share

(ANS – Seoul) – On the liturgical feast of Mary Help of Christians, May 24, during the Eucharist at which Fr Marcello Baek, Vice-provincial of Korea, presided, 7 new members of ADMA (Association of Mary Help of Christians) were welcomed in Seoul, capital of South Korea. During the Eucharist in the FMA provincial house chapel (Seoul, Shin-gil-dong) a good number of FMA Sisters were present, represented by their provincial, Sr. Cecilia Kim (5 communities are located in the same compound), and young people who are accompanied by the Salesian Sisters. The first promised members of Seoul’s ADMA group are Maria Yoo, Miriam Kim, Monica Ryoo, Gracia Na, Justina Baek, Teresa Park, and Bernard Yoo. They have been prepared by their Spiritual Animator, Sr. Susanna Lee, over the past 3 years in weekly formation sessions held in the FMA provincial house, Seoul. We asked each of the first Seoul ADMA group: What changed in your life after you joined ADMA? # During the last 3 years of formation I have studied the ADMA regulations, the Introduction to the Devout Life (St Francis de Sales) and ADMA Online. In this way, I have begun to model my life according to Don Bosco and Mary...

Launching of the Laudato Si Action Platform 2027

         Vatican City, Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development, 28 May 2021 — In the midst of the busy end of May we could just miss the conclusion of the Laudato Si’ Week (May 17-24) or the end of the Laudato Si’ Year (May 24, 2020-2021). At the same time, under direct inspiration of Pope Francis’ Encyclical published in 2015, the Vatican Dicastery for Integral Development (Card. Peter K.A. Turkson) launched the long planned ‘Laudato Si’ Action Platform’ (https://laudatosiactionplatform.org).        This means that 6 years after the publishing of the Laudato Si’ Encyclical (2015), the whole Catholic community around the world is invited to embark on another 7-year path, to bring about an effective global impact on caring for our common home. The Vatican-led tool will empower Catholic institutions, communities, movements, religious congregations and families to implement Laudato Si’ with concrete goals, strategies and resources. There is already an ambitious plan to motivate the ‘critical mass’ of 3.5% Catholics around the world in order to make this movement truly effective. Cardinal Louis Antonio Tagle has already officially sent out the first ‘Laudato Si Animators’ on the last day of the Laudato Si’ Year, May...

Pope to conclude Marathon of Prayer with Rosary in Vatican Gardens – Vatican News

Pope Francis will lead the faithful in the prayer of the Rosary on Monday, 31 May, at the conclusion of the month-long Marathon of Prayer for an end to the Covid-19 pandemic. By Christopher Wells Pope Francis will lead the faithful in praying the Rosary on the last day of May, concluding a month-long Marathon of Prayer for an end to the Covid-19 pandemic and the resumption of social and work-related activities throughout the world. Mary, Untier of Knots For the final night of prayer, Pope Francis asked that an image of Our Lady Untier of Knots be set up in the Vatican Gardens, which will serve as an open-air shrine for the occasion. The Holy Father has always had a strong devotion toward the image, which comes originally from Augsburg, Germany. The 18th century painting shows the Blessed Virgin Mary untying knots in a white ribbon held by two angels, surrounded by biblical scenes expressive of hope, mercy, and victory over evil. The current Bishop of Augsburg, Bertram Johannes Meier, is bringing a copy of the original image to Rome for next Monday’s event, which will then be given to Pope Francis. Bishop Meier will lead a Solemn Procession...