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Bridging the gap: How to increase young adult participation at church

Students at Wayne State University's Newman Center at pose with their two Companions of the Cross chaplains (Fr. Jim Lowe, CC, and Fr. John Fletcher, CC), Sr. Beverly Pettke, OSM, (who served as administrative assistant for a year) and who other than "Pope Francis," at Sunday dinner after Newman's 5 p.m. Mass.
(Photo courtesy of Lisa Zelfa)

DETROIT — Is your parish actively reaching out to the “young adult” generation, asks Christopher Gawel, the young adult and campus ministry liaison to the Archdiocese of Detroit. Young adults, who fall into the 18- to 35-year-old category, were merely 5.6 percent of those who responded to the November 2013 “Perceptions of the Faithful” survey…

Nation/World

Autism conference puts focus on families

Auxiliary Bishop W. Francis Malooly of Baltimore gives the sacrament of the anointing of the sick to John Paul D'Aconti, 10, who is autistic, during a Mass on the World Day of the Sick at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington Feb. 11. Looking on is his father, Dean. The day of the Mass was also the 150th anniversary of Mary's first appearance to St. Bernadette in Lourdes, France. (CNS photo/Bob Roller)

VATICAN CITY — Caring for people with autism spectrum disorders is caring for families, said Archbishop Zygmunt Zimowski, president of the Pontifical Council for Health Care Ministry. “Autism spectrum disorders affect families, not just the person who has the illness,” the archbishop told reporters at the Vatican Nov. 18 as he introduced a Nov. 20-22…

The Vatican

Vatican lifts ban on married priests for Eastern Catholics in diaspora

U.S. bishops from the Eastern Catholic churches concelebrate a Latin-rite Mass at the Altar of the Tomb in the crypt of the Vatican's St. Peter's Basilica in 2012. Pictured from left are: Ukrainian Catholic Auxiliary Bishop John Bura of Philadelphia; Armenian Bishop Mikael Mouradian of New York; Byzantine Bishop John M. Kudrick of the Diocese of Parma, Ohio; and Romanian Bishop John M. Botean of Canton, Ohio. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

VATICAN CITY — The Vatican has lifted its ban on the ordination of married men to the priesthood in Eastern Catholic churches outside their traditional territories, including in the United States, Canada and Australia. Pope Francis approved lifting the ban, also doing away with the provision that, in exceptional cases, Eastern Catholic bishops in the…