Pope Francis marked the 10th anniversary of the publication of his apostolic exhortation Evangelii Gaudium at his general audience on Wednesday.
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The bishop, who serves on the subcommittee for the Solidarity Fund for the Church in Africa, an initiative of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), said that in the U.S., “people have become very individualistic.”
“The beauty of this country is the diversity of culture, faith, and ethnicity, with a feeling of common brotherhood,” Father Varghese Velickagam, vicar general of the Archdiocese of Imphal, which covers the entire Manipur state, told CNA Aug. 15.
Present at the event were Stella Maris Monastery abbot Jean Joseph Bergara, Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem Pierbattista Pizzaballa, and Greek Orthodox Patriarch of Jerusalem Theophilos III.
One key driver of change may be that older generations are more likely to identify as Christian have died, and young adults more likely to identify with no religion have taken their place.
Inspired by Church teaching on interfaith dialogue, the initiative aims to foster ‘mutual understanding’ by exploring common elements between the two religions while also not shying away from relevant difference.