Pope Francis outlines his vision of theology in the context of the Mediterranean (Vatican Press Office) On June 21, Pope Francis flew to Naples to take part in a conference hosted by the Pontifical Theological Faculty of Southern Italy (video 1, video 2). Themes of the Pope’s address at “Theology after Veritatis gaudium in the context of the Mediterranean” include “a theology of justice and dialogue,” “examples of dialogue for a theology of hospitality,” “a theology of hospitality is a theology of listening,” “an interdisciplinary theology,” and “a theology in a network.”
'Declare war on bullying' and 'do not be afraid of dialogue,' Pope tells young people (Vatican Press Office) In a message to a conference hosted by the papal educational foundation Scholas Occurrentes on cyberbullying, Pope Francis encouraged each young person to “find your own identity, and without the need to diminish or obscure the identity of others. Finding your own identity is a path, it is a path of dialogue, it is a path of reflection, it is an inner path … [Dialogue] makes us equal, not in identity—we all have different identities—makes us equal along the way. We are journeyers, all equal” (video).
Australian bishops lament suicides among indigenous youth (Australian Catholic Bishops Conference) Jesus “is calling us to work together with love and respect, and to never give up trying to find the best way forward away from this tragic and unnecessary ending of life,” a bishops’ commission stated in its pastoral letter. “While there has been many disproportionate numbers of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people taking their lives, no society is immune from this sad reality. We all need to remember that Jesus who laughs and cries with us is ‘The Way, the Truth and THE LIFE.’”
Missouri rejects license renewal for lone abortion clinic (AP) A judge, however, is permitting the facility to remain open. “You can still come to Planned Parenthood today for all of your reproductive health care, and that is a good day for women,” said the director of Planned Parenthood Advocates in Missouri.