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World Catholicism Week

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The Church of Now: Young People and Global Catholicism Today​

May 6-8, 2022 • Online via Zoom


This international conference recognizes that young people are not just the Church of the future--they are the Church of the present as well. As Pope Francis pointed out in his 2019 apostolic exhortation, Christus Vivit"Young Catholics are not merely on the receiving end of pastoral activity: they are living members of

(c) Vatican Dicastery for Laity, Family, and Life
XI International Youth Forum (Rome, June 2019)
the one ecclesial body." The whole Church needs to find new ways to listen to and empower young people. This conference brings together scholars and activists from Lebanon, Indonesia, Nigeria, India, Brazil, Burundi, Central African Republic, China, Mexico, the Philippines, Uganda, and the United States. Panels will address questions of

    • Vocation and discernment 
    • Faith formation
    • Trauma and moral courage
    • Sustainable development
    • Young people's leadership in the Church

Keynote Speakers

Hosffman Ospino, PhD.
Hosffman Ospino

  • Chair, Department of Religious Education and Pastoral Ministry, Boston College (Boston, MA) 
  • President, Academy of Catholic Hispanic Theologians of the United States 

Brenda Noreiga

Brenda Noriega

  • Member, Vatican's International Youth Advisory Body (Brighton, MA)
  • Member, Maryknoll's Young Adult Empowerment Team 

Agatha Lydia Natania (Vatican International Youth Advisory Board--Jakarta, Indonesia)
Agatha L. Natania 

  • Member, Vatican's International Youth Advisory Body (Jakarta, Indonesia)
  • Executive Director, Youth Organization of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations

Émile Abou Chaar

  • Member, Vatican's International Youth Advisory Body (Beirut, Lebanon)
  • Clinical pharmacist & spiritual care practitioner,  Centre Neuchâtelois de Psychiatrie (Neuchâtel, Switzerland)

More about the Conference

Organized by DePaul University's Center for World Catholicism and Intercultural Theology (CWCIT), World Catholicism Week is now in its 13th year; an annual event, it gathers scholars from around the world to explore a single topic. CWCIT is grateful to its conference cosponsors here at DePaul: