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90th Biannual Assembly of the Union of Superiors General (USG)

35/2018 – 28 – 05

(Fr. Fernando Romeral, O.Carm and Fr. Mauro Jöhri, O.F.M. Cap.)

The past 23rd to 25th of May, in the "Casa del Divin Maestro" in Ariccia (Rome, Italy) the 90th biannual Assembly of the Union of Superiors General (USG) took place. More than eighty superiors general of religious orders and congregations of men took part.

The theme of this assembly was "Listening to young people. Towards a generative religious life”. The meeting was attended also by Fr. Timothée (from the community of Taizé), Fr. Giacomo Costa, a Jesuit and member of the Secretariat of the Synod and Fr. Georges Sabe, a Marist from Aleppo, in Syria, which has continued to develop its pastoral work among young people throughout the five years of terrible war in this city. A number of young people spoke and shared their experiences with the USG in view of the next Ordinary Assembly of the Synod of Bishops that will take place in Rome next October.

Also, the USG chose the representatives for that assembly that will be proposed to the Holy Father. Finally, the assembly thanked Fr. Mauro Jöhri, OFM Cap., for his excellent service as president of the USG, a post for which he was elected in November 2015 and which will end shortly after his term as Minister General of the Order of Friars Minor Capuchins comes to an end.

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