Pope responds to young people's questions at pre-synodal meeting (Vatican News) The 15th Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops, which will take place in October, is devoted to “Young People, the Faith and Vocational Discernment.” At a pre-synodal meeting (video 1, video 2), the Pontiff delivered an address and addressed questions on five topics, including human trafficking and tattoos.
Leading Vatican diplomat decries 'ideological colonization' of Africa (Holy See Mission) “The phrase describes the attempt of powerful and wealthy donors to compel developing countries that were once militarily and economically colonized to accept secularized practices with regard to human sexuality, life, family and even basic anthropology, as a condition for the reception of development assistance,” said Archbishop Bernardito Auza, the Vatican’s representative at the UN.
Vatican contribution to Venice architectural exhibit: 10 chapels in the woods (Vatican Press Office) The Vatican is participating for the first time in the Venice Architecture Biennale. At a cost of nearly $500,000, the Pontifical Council for Culture sponsored the creation of a series of chapels in woods on one of the islands of Venice. At a March 20 press conference on the initiative, the Council said: “These are the expression of the Holy Word that is proclaims and the Eucharistic Support that is celebrated by the assembly of believers.”
Leading Russian Orthodox official discusses his vote in presidential election (Moscow Patriarchate) Vladimir Putin trounced his Communist and other opponents in the March 18 election. Metropolitan Hilarion, the Russian church’s chief ecumenical officer, said, “I have voted for the man with whose name we associate our hopes for stable development of our society, for higher welfare of our citizens, for higher birth rate, for the state’s care of families including extended ones, and for the stable development of relationships between the state and the traditional religious confessions.”