News from Around:
SUNSON, GHANA — The 36th annual general meeting of the Ghana National Catholic Youth Council is under way at the Saint Martins Pastoral Centre in the Yendi Municipality of the Northern Region. Over a 100 delegates from Catholic Dioceses and National Movements are attending the meeting.
Bishop of Yendi, Most Rev Vincent Sowah Boi-Nai said the youth are the future of the church and that it was important to give high priority to the youth ministry by investing adequate resources in them. He said the event should seek to cultivate a critical attitude which will enable the youth to make appropriate choices and accept responsible commitments.
Mr Issah Zakaria, the Yendi Municipal Chief Executive, urged the youth to shun pornography on the internet, cyber fraud, indecent dressing, disrespect for the elderly, drug abuse, alcoholism and adopt the word of God. More from the Ghana News Agency
SAO PAULO — Bruno Maragato went through the Roman Catholic Church’s rites like so many others before him in this most Catholic of nations: baptism, first communion, confirmation. But at age 16, Maragato left Christianity altogether.
"The religion didn’t stick with me," said Maragato, now a 24-year-old journalism student. "In the past, the church was much more a part of Brazilians’ daily lives. Today, young people can easily seek out other ways of thinking." A new study by Brazil’s top research institute finds a sea change among a younger generation of Brazilians and present a fresh challenge for church leaders already struggling to hold on to parishioners across Latin America. Read more from CBS News
News from ‘Round Here:
Last Sunday began a very busy week on an up note. I drafted an opinion column for the Catholic Review, then it was a good day-off made better by a Pittsburgh lass and the daughters over for dinner and a Ravens win. Monday was a long drive across the Archdiocese for a meeting with our pastoral leaders in Mountain Maryland.
Tuesday was an early morning staff meeting and then a lunch meeting with our regional diocesan directors. What a delightful conversation and time together. There was a creative brainstorming session near the end (for which I must review the notes – I became secretary/ treasurer of the group.) Wednesday, a majority of the day was spent looking at mission with our Association of Professional Youth Ministers. The day finished off with ride to DC to watch a Strong Catholic Families / Strong Catholic Teens presentation
Thursday started off with an interview on Relevant Radio. The Department of Evangelization had a walk through of our messages for the Together in Mission… then we went off onto the Employee Appreciation Cruise. I was recognized for ten years of service for the Archdiocese. While I had desk time almost all of the previous days of the week, Friday was the best day regarding that. We drafted the bus schedule for NCYC. The day was rounded off with a daughter lunch and a lively dinner with friend and former co-worker Dr. Kristin Witte.
Saturday was spent mostly chillin’, a little blogging , , some light housework and a visit to a Hispanic young adult event.