remains a need, however, to ensure that these
associations actively participate in the Church’s
overall pastoral efforts.
106. Even if it is not always easy to approach
young people, progress has been made in two
areas: the awareness that the entire community is
called to evangelize and educate the young, and
the urgent need for the young to exercise greater
leadership. We should recognize that despite the
present crisis of commitment and communal re-
lationships, many young people are making com-
mon cause before the problems of our world
and are taking up various forms of activism and
volunteer work. Some take part in the life of the
Church as members of service groups and var-
ious missionary initiatives in their own dioceses
and in other places. How beautiful it is to see
that young people are “street preachers” (
de la fe
), joyfully bringing Jesus to every street,
every town square and every corner of the earth!
107. Many places are experiencing a dearth of
vocations to the priesthood and consecrated life.
This is often due to a lack of contagious apostol-
ic fervour in communities which results in a cool-
ing of enthusiasm and attractiveness. Wherever
there is life, fervour and a desire to bring Christ
to others, genuine vocations will arise. Even in
parishes where priests are not particularly com-
mitted or joyful, the fraternal life and fervour of
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