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Taking the Pulse

Answering the call from the 2018 Synod on Youth, Deacon Pedro Guevara-Mann speaks with young people  to see how the Church can better lead them to recognize and accept the call to the fullness of life and love, and asks them to help identify the most effective ways to announce the Good News today.
Taking the Pulse

E1 | How Do You Make Big Decisions?

How young is too young to get married? Deacon Pedro speaks with Noah and Martha, ages 20 and 21. They speak about their faith, their fears, their hopes, and how they make big decisions in life.

E2 | How Important Is God in Your Life?

How can two people with the same upbringing end up with completely different beliefs? Deacon Pedro speaks with T.J. and Chrisandra. They are a brother and sister who grew up in a Catholic household, but as adults, she is active in her faith and works as a campus minister, and he is not even sure he believes in God.

E3 | Do You Worry About the Future?

Dominic and Jasmine are two young adults who have hopes and dreams for their future. Dominic is new in the Catholic Faith. Jasmine has been in the Faith all her life, yet they have similar fears and desires for their future.

E4 | What’s the Hardest Thing About Being Young Today?

Coming out of high school and going into university is a very exciting time for many young people. At the same time, it can be extremely terrifying. Darryl and Rachel struggle to see how their faith can help guide them as they make their way in the world as adults.

E5 | Interview With Pre-Synod Delegate

Deacon Pedro speaks with Emilie Callan, one of two delegates, among the 300 from around the world, representing Canada at the Pre-Synod on Young People, the Faith, and Vocational Discernment, in Rome in 2018. She speaks about her experience and what came out of the week-long meeting.

E6 | What’s Your Take on the Pre-Synod’s Final Document?

Deacon Pedro speaks with Sebastian Gomes, Emilie Callan, and Allyson Kenny, addressing some of the concerns with the pre-synodal document and offering keys to understanding the final document.  

E7 | What Can the Church Do Differently in Reaching Young People?

There are many lay movements and associations in the Church that aim to help people in their spiritual journeys. Many of them are dedicated to working with youth. One of them is Jesus Youth.

E8 | Does the Church Need Young Priests?

We tend to think that when the Church speaks about youth or young people they mean adolescents, but many of these young people are adults. They are professionals, and they are parents. Some of them are even priests!

E9 | Social Media and the Church

The pre-synodal document made mention of how the Church needs to be better at using the Internet and social media in order to evangelize. This synod was the first to have a social media team. This week we speak to two of its members: Allyson and Prevain.

E10 | Is the Catholic Church for Everyone?

Do we see the Catholic Church as the Church for Catholics, or can we say that it’s the Catholic Church for everyone? Is the pope the Catholic pope for the whole world, or is he just the pope for Catholics? How do those outside of the Church in other faiths see the Catholic Church?

E11 | Why Would You Become Catholic?

There are many reasons why young people feel attracted to the Catholic Church. Do they feel that the Church answers some of their fundamental questions or that the Church addresses their needs? Is it the sense of belonging, the teachings, the ritual, or the Mass? Deacon Pedro speaks with two young (recent) converts to find out.

E12 | Christus Vivit: Part 1

In part one, Deacon Pedro Guevara-Mann speaks with Emillie Callan, Sebastian Gomes, and Allyson Kenny about what the new apostolic exhortation says.

E13 | Christus Vivit: Part 2

In part two, Deacon Pedro Guevara-Mann speaks with Emillie Callan, Sebastian Gomes, and Allyson Kenny about how we are called to respond to the apostolic exhortation, Christus Vivit.


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