Pope advises on helping young people discern their vocation

A file image of Pope Francis shaking hands with people as he leaves St. Peter's square at the end of his weekly general audience on March 27. (Photo by Vincenzo Pinto/AFP via ucanews.com)
Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Too often when Catholics try to talk to young people about vocational discernment, "it's as if we were speaking Esperanto to them, because they don't understand a thing," Pope Francis said.

Bishops, pastors, religious and other adults must learn to speak young people's language and must avoid exercising undue pressure on young men and women to enter a seminary or join a religious order, the pope said June 6 at a gathering of people doing vocations work in Europe.

With the advent of new technologies and social media, he added, young people today know how to contact others, "but they do not communicate."

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