A church which loses her youth becomes a museum – Pope Francis

first_img SharePrint The Vatican, Tuesday, published Pope Francis’s reflection on the 2018 Synod of Bishops on young people. The reflection is titled “Christus Vivit” (“Christ Lives”), and is a letter to young people about their place in the Church.The letter is a plea to older members of the Church not to stifle the enthusiasm of the young, but to offer gentle guidance when needed. The Pope describes the life of a young person and the vocation to which God calls each one of them as “holy ground”.In the document, Pope Francis talks about how the sex abuse crisis, a history of sexism and an overly narrow focus on just a handful of moral issues can keep young people away from the church. But he also said many young people want to know and understand the teachings of the church and, despite what many people think, they long for and need times of silent reflection and opportunities to serve their communities.“A church always on the defensive, which loses her humility and stops listening to others, which leaves no room for questions, loses her youth and turns into a museum,” Pope Francis wrote. “How, then, will she be able to respond to the dreams of young people?” Young people have a natural desire to improve the life of the church and the world around them, the pope said. If older people in the church will let the young people try, it will keep the church youthful, too.A more detailed write up and the link to the letter can be found here.WhatsApp <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=ab2c8853&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=97&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a>last_img read more