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The success of the “Lega” in the recent European elections was no surprise, even though the extent of the consensus received was not easily imaginable. Politicians and political journalists have extensively reasoned about the causes of this small earthquake, which, while it has not significantly shifted the European balance, on the other hand has changed the Italian political framework making it even more problematic. The support for Matteo Salvini came largely from the North, where the League was born and has always had a strong consensus, but this time also from the areas of Central and Southern Italy, where in the past there was a strong hostility towards the “Lega” project; it came from the middle class, but also from the urban suburbs until a few years ago in favor of left-wing parties; and it came from a substantial part of the Catholic world.

Project Context: In October 2018, Pax Romana ICMICA organised a special session (in Ivory Coast) of pastoral coordinators and Catholic professionals across Africa. This session observed the lack of formation of catholic lay as one of the challenges confronting the church today. At the AMECEA sub-regional meeting (attended by representatives from Kenya, Uganda and Zambia), it was noted that the pastoral Coordinator and Catholic Professionals in Zambia had already begun an initiative to develop a formation manual for Catholic Lay.  Members was agreed that this initiative can be elevated to the AMECEA level, hence bringing in other countries. 

 With the participation of more than 350 people from the Catholic Church, belonging to different instances and networks from all over the country, the first assembly of the so-called Lay Synod of Chile was held in Santiago. The event took place in Santiago and more than 350 people committed to the Catholic Church participated. The organizers informed that in the next few months the final document of this assembly will be released, which will be used for pastoral work.

Final declaration

Statement to the members, auditors and observers of the 2018 Synod of Bishops on Young People, the Faith, and Vocational Discernment

    Over the past two years, we have been involved in an international research project to study and engage best practices in student and young adult apostolates.[1] We have collected good practices and models of small faith communities[2] of, for, and by Catholic university students from over a dozen countries. Some of these are highlighted in a book, God’s Quad: Small Faith Communities on Campus and Beyond (Orbis Books, 2018). Along with the book, we have held “listening sessions,” most recently in Nairobi, New York, and Rome. Our goal is to engage more voices of young people in the process of the Synod. From these events and our research, six key messages surface.

As global communities representing tens of thousands of Catholic students, intellectuals, and professionals, IMCS and ICMICA* wish to express our support for Pope Francis and his efforts to address the global crisis of sexual abuse and to bring about much needed reforms of ecclesial structures.

Old wine in old wineskins

1- "We are not living in an era of change but experiencing the change of an era", thus Pope Francis to the Italian bishops. A deep reaching change is taking place. This we have to master. For this, small reforms are not enough. Courage is required. He, the Pope, has this. Within five years he has changed the Roman Catholic Church. Structures are being renewed. A decentralisation is under way. The Pope is convinced that the Holy Spirit is not at work onlv in Rome. In his inaugural speech "Evangelii Gaudium" he quoted regional bishop-conferences 40 times. When the four "dubia cardinals" waited for an answer to their letter about "Amoris Laetitia", he adapted a pastoral letter of the Argentine bishops and raised this to the rank of a genuine teaching. He gave this local letter the authority of a "magisterium authenticum".

Right to dissent and the obligation of obedience

                In a secular society – in which we have been living in the most part of Europe for at least two hundred years – it can be found as obvious that there is no consensus in several instances and that one citizen’s opinion may differ from that of another one or from the position of a supreme power or body.  It is an everyday experience to meet conflicting views.  However, once a pious citizen crosses the threshold of a church, he or she might think that the possibility and the right to be dissented have ceased in the altar.

Another Church possible in the global era and plural era. (Javier Elzo). His new book is based on an accurate reflection "You cannot live faith today as lived and understood by our previous generations of Christians during the long centuries of the era of Christianity, in whose rales we are." Although it may seem a pessimistic observation, Elzo understands it as an opportunity.