Bishops to hear voices of youth at pre-Synod meeting (Vatican Press Office) At a February 16 news conference in Rome, organizers of the 2018 Synod of Bishops, which will focus on young people, outlined plans for a special pre-Synod meeting in March, at which young people will be asked for their ideas. Cardinal Lorenzo Baldisseri, the secretary-general of the Synod, emphasized that the event is designed for “listening” to young people, especially to those in difficult circumstances.
Chinese 'underground' bishop: we will accept Pope's decision (Vatican Insider) Bishop Joseph Wei Jingyi of Qiqihar, China, has said that the leaders of the “underground” Church in China will accept whatever accord the Vatican makes with Beijing, because they trust that the Holy Spirit will guide Pope Francis. In an apparent rebuke to Cardinal Joseph Zen, the Chinese prelate said that the Vatican should heed the voices of Catholics on the mainland, not those from Hong Kong and elsewhere who oppose a negotiated agreement.
Pope meets with Maronite students (Vatican Press Office) Pope Francis met at a private audience on February 16 with students at the Pontifical Maronite College in Rome. He remarked that in the face of temptations toward a “culture of the temporary and appearances,” their time of study in Rome should help them to develop “antibodies against worldliness and mediocrity.”
Guam court dismisses slander case against accused archbishop; libel case will continue (CNS) A court in Guam has dismissed a slander charge against Archbishop Anthony Apuron, while allowing proceedings to continue on a related charge of libel. The archbishop, who has been suspended because of sex-abuse charges, has been sued by men who say they were his victims. His lawyer argued that the prelate had the legal right to defend himself against the charges, and thus to say that the accusations were false.