Miami, Fla., Jun 13, 2018 / 14:12 pm
Speaking to the U.S. bishops' spring meeting on Wednesday, Archbishop Christophe Pierre urged the importance of listening: to youth, to the Hispanic population, and to the Holy Father.
"Spiritual fatherhood and effective evangelization require listening," the apostolic nuncio to the United States said June 13 at the opening of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishop's general assembly in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.
He said young people "need to be a priority for the Church in the United States" and that "we need to listen attentively to their voices", which call for a real encounter with Christ, a welcoming community, "authorities who will accompany them and help them discover what truly interests and attracts them", and an openness to their contributions.
Youths want a "personal, living encounter with Christ," he said, "rather than a faith reduced to teaching and moralism."