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Why October 2019 will be an extraordinary missionary month
Why October 2019 will be an extraordinary missionary month
In 2019, the month dedicated to missions, October, will be different than the ones before. It will mark the  100th anniversary of Benedict XV's encyclical "Maxium Illud,"  which is considered to be the charter of modern missions.  Pope Francis confirmed that this initiative would be carried out during a hearing in June, addressed to the participants in the assembly of the  Pontifical Mission Societies . Learn more.

Pope promotes the Extraordinary Missionary Month of 2019
Pope promotes the Extraordinary Missionary Month of 2019

Being Christian means being missionary, Pope says
Catholics must make a real effort to share the Gospel with all people, fighting "the recurring temptation" that leads some to focus only on internal church matters or to be pessimistic about evangelization efforts, Pope Francis wrote.
"May the Good News that in Jesus forgiveness triumphs over sin, life defeats death and love conquers fear be proclaimed to the world with renewed fervor and instill trust and hope in everyone," he wrote in a letter encouraging preparations for an "extraordinary missionary month" to be celebrated in October 2019. Learn more.

Xaverian Parish Priests in Indonesia

The Xaverian parish priests gathered in Padang, on September 5-6, 2018, for their annual meeting....The third part of our meeting was a kind of brainstorming and planning. Indeed, given that Pope Francis has declared the month of October 2019 as the Extraordinary Missionary Month  in commemoration of the 100th Anniversary of Maximum Illud , we thus exchanged ideas about concrete initiatives and activities that could already be taken as preparation and celebration of the Extraordinary Missionary Month  next year. Read more.
Synod on Youth preview: How will we keep young people in the church?
Next month, the Vatican will hold a meeting of the Synod of Bishops on young people. Earlier this year, in preparation for the October gathering, the Vatican hosted 300 delegates from around the world. These delegates met in Rome and produced an 11-page document, titled " Young People, The Faith and Vocational Discernment ." One of the delegates selected by the U.S.C.C.B. was Katie Prejean McGrady. She is a writer, podcaster, Catholic speaker and author of  Follow: Your Lifelong Adventure with Jesus. Listen more.
Youth to meet with Pope Francis during October synod
The Synod of Bishops announced that the upcoming assembly of bishops will include a meeting of young people with Pope Francis and the Synod Fathers in the Vatican's Pope Paul VI hall
at 5:00 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 6. the encounter is intended to allow "young people to offer concrete experiences about their life in study and work, their feelings, their future and their vocational choice."  Read more.
Hopes for the October Synod on Young People
"One of the biggest challenges we have as a Catholic Church is our young people leaving their faith. The reasons they leave the faith are as simple as not feeling welcome in the Church and as complex as not believing anymore; lack of faith, commitment and interest," said Alejandra Bravo, Hispanic Youth Specialist for the Archdiocese of Denver. "Not only is there a lack of faith from our young people but there is also a lack of attention from us, the Church, to them." Read more.

The Growth of Christianity in China

Christianity has been growing rapidly in China, so much so that China may become the country with the largest Christian population by the year 2030. How is this possible? America's foremost expert on Christianity in China, Fenggang Yang, professor of sociology and director of the Center on Religion and Chinese Society at Purdue University, talks about the social and cultural factors for the Christian growth... Learn more.
What can nuns and 'nones' learn from one another?

Although the number of nones is growing, making up nearly 25 percent of the population, according to the Pew Research Center, they are far from apathetic about what religion can offer, and many are self-described spiritual seekers. At the same time, according to the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate, the number of sisters is shrinking and aging, with fewer than 50,000 sisters alive today, and nearly 90 percent of those sisters are over the age of 60. But women religious are often the first to tell you that they aren't experiencing a narrative of decline, because they still have millennia of wisdom and experience to share. Learn more.

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