Synod 2018 on Young People, the Faith, and Vocational Discernment

Pope Francis meeting with young people at the John Paul II Diocesan Youth Center in Sarajevo during his June 2015 visit to Bosnia-Herzegovina.  CNS Photo/Paul Haring

Three young adult delegates were discerned by the USCCB to represent the United States of America at the March 2018 Pre-Synod Gathering in Rome. The United States will participate in a special Pre-Synod Gathering in March 2018 in Rome, a milestone on the way to the Synod on Young People, the Faith, and Vocational Discernment.  To read more:

Memorial of Mary, Mother of the Church added to liturgical calendar

Pope Francis incenses the altar during Mass in Gyumri Armenia June 25, 2016. Credit: Vatican Media/CNA.

By Hannah Brockhaus

.- On Saturday, the Vatican announced Pope Francis’ decision that the Church celebrate the Blessed Virgin Mary in her role as “Mother of the Church” every year on the Monday after Pentecost, as a way to foster Marian piety and the maternal sense of the Church.  To read more go to:

Vietnamese Archbishop dies during ad limina visit

J.B. An Dang
March 06, 2018

In a non-precedent situation, an archbishop of Vietnam has died during his ad limina visit in Vatican. Archbishop Paul Bùi Văn Đọc of Saigon passed away on Tuesday March 6, 2018 just a day after being received by Pope Francis along with his fellow prelates.

The Archbishop got stroke after presiding a Mass with the concelebration of 31 other Vietnamese bishops, at the Basilica of St. Paul Outside The Wall at 11am Tuesday morning. Despite efforts of doctors and nurses, he died later at San Camillo hospital of Rome.

Bishops of the Episcopal Conference of Vietnam have been in Italy since Friday March 2, after a short visit at The Society of Foreign Missions of Paris (short M.E.P). As previously scheduled, Vietnamese bishops still have some meetings with Vatican dicasteries.

The deceased prelate had been the President of the Episcopal Conference during the term 2013-2016. He was born on November 11, 1944 in Da Lat, a mountainous province in the Central Highlands of Vietnam. In 1956, he started his priesthood study at a seminary in Saigon. He followed his advanced studies in philosophy and theology at the Pontifical Urbaniana University in Rome, from 1964 to 1970, before being ordained as a priest of Dalat Diocese on December 17, 1970. He then served as the Rector of Minh Hòa Major Seminary of the diocese from 1975 before being appointed the Vicar General in 1995. During this time, he also served as part-time professor of theological doctrine at seminaries of Saigon, Hà Nội and Huế (1986–2008).

Pope John Paul II appointed him Bishop of My Tho on March 26, 1999. He received his episcopal consecration on the following May 20 from Archbishop Jean-Baptiste Phạm Minh Mẫn of Saigon.

He was named Coadjutor Archbishop of Saigon on September 28, 2013 by Pope Francis; and on March 22, 2014, he succeeded Cardinal Jean-Baptiste Phạm Minh Mẫn as the third archbishop of the archdiocese, which was created at that title in 1960.

Catholic Relief Services Collection to Be Held on March 11

It is a Catholic tradition to celebrate Lent in preparation for Easter by the act of almsgiving.  This Sunday, March 11th will be the National Catholic Relief Services Collection. The collection supports international relief and solidarity efforts. To learn more about why you should share your God-given funds go to:


International Women’s Day-Australian Sister Recognized

Australian sister recognized for work with indigenous women.  Sr Anne Gardiner is in Rome at the Australian embassy to the Holy See to talk about her work on International Women’s Day. To read more or to listen to the interview of Sr. Anne Gardiner go to: