Tag: Synod

High school students discuss future of the Church in the archdiocese

High school students discuss future of the Church in the archdiocese

| November 18, 2019 | 0 Comments

Nearly 1,000 high school students put their smartphones to special use Nov. 16 at the annual Archdiocesan Youth Day of prayer, music, Mass and faith formation. Encouraged by Archbishop Bernard Hebda and Auxiliary Bishop Andrew Cozzens, they keyed into a link that had two questions everyone was encouraged to answer online: What is working well in the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis and its parishes, and what are its challenges and opportunities?

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A view of the Amazon Synod

A view of the Amazon Synod

| Father Michael Johnson | November 6, 2019 | 0 Comments

To say that the Amazon Synod has caused a stir in the Church is an understatement. Twitter, the Catholic and secular media, and people in the parishes are talking about it. As I was teaching my canon law students about the Synod of Bishops, many questions and concerns were raised by them regarding what they had heard and read about the special session of the Synod of Bishops that was taking place concurrently with my class.

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Synod document: New ministries can serve evangelization in Amazon

Synod document: New ministries can serve evangelization in Amazon

| Junno Arocho Esteves | October 26, 2019 | 0 Comments

To proclaim the Gospel message of hope, the Catholic Church in the Amazon must open new paths of evangelization in the region, including by instituting new ministries for lay men and women, the Synod of Bishops said.

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Synod process includes celebrating lay leadership

Synod process includes celebrating lay leadership

| October 24, 2019 | 0 Comments

Navigating through the crowds at Allianz Field for the Tommie-Johnnie game, I was amazed by how many faces I recognized among the alumni attending that event. Whether wearing purple or red, many of them are active in our parishes, great supporters of our Catholic elementary and high schools, and generous in their board commitments and in their service of the many Catholic institutions that serve our broader community. It was a powerful reminder for me of the role that our local Catholic colleges and universities have historically played in the life of this local Church, particularly in the formation of our laity.

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From sidewalk weeds to Amazon waterways, the wonders of creation abound

From sidewalk weeds to Amazon waterways, the wonders of creation abound

| Barbara J. Fraser | October 21, 2019 | 0 Comments

The forests, rivers and swamps of the Amazon basin do many things. They lock away carbon and methane, two key greenhouse gases. They produce half of the rain that falls over the region. They are a source of timber, fruit and medicines.

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Women’s role in Amazon Church does not depend on diaconate, sisters say

Women’s role in Amazon Church does not depend on diaconate, sisters say

| Barbara J. Fraser | October 18, 2019 | 0 Comments

Whether or not the Synod of Bishops for the Amazon helps open the door to ordaining women deacons, women will continue to play a fundamental role in ministry in the Church in the region, religious sisters said.

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Indigenous vow to stand with Pope Francis, with each other

Indigenous vow to stand with Pope Francis, with each other

| Cindy Wooden | October 18, 2019 | 0 Comments

Pope Francis and members of the Synod of Bishops for the Amazon repeatedly vowed to support, defend and accompany the region’s indigenous people.

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Celibacy is a gift, not an obstacle, indigenous priest says

Celibacy is a gift, not an obstacle, indigenous priest says

| Junno Arocho Esteves | October 17, 2019 | 0 Comments

While indigenous cultures may have difficulty accepting the concept of celibacy, indigenous candidates for the priesthood are more than capable of understanding that it is a gift from God, said an indigenous priest from Brazil.

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Inadequate formation a factor in lack of vocations, bishops say at synod

Inadequate formation a factor in lack of vocations, bishops say at synod

| October 16, 2019 | 0 Comments

Existing formation programs are not preparing priests and other pastoral workers to be leaders in a church with an Amazonian and indigenous face, according to bishops participating in the synod for the Amazon.

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Indigenous woman brings message from her elders to pope as Church elder

Indigenous woman brings message from her elders to pope as Church elder

| Barbara J. Fraser | October 14, 2019 | 0 Comments

Anitalia Pijachi, an indigenous woman from the Amazonian town of Leticia, Colombia, came to the Synod of Bishops for the Amazon bringing a message from the elders of her people to Pope Francis, an elder of the Catholic Church.

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Prayerful sharing highlights first pre-synod prayer, listening events

Prayerful sharing highlights first pre-synod prayer, listening events

| October 9, 2019 | 0 Comments

Father Bob White, pastor of St. Victoria in Victoria, got a front row seat to the first Pre-Synod Prayer and Listening Event, which was held at his parish about 25 miles southwest of Minneapolis and drew 310 people from as far away as the Twin Cities.

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Indigenous bring needed diversity of expression to synod, speakers say

Indigenous bring needed diversity of expression to synod, speakers say

| Carol Glatz | October 8, 2019 | 0 Comments

People in Western countries need to see the different cultural expressions of faith that exist in other parts of the world, said some participants at the Synod of Bishops for the Amazon.

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