Bishop Says World Youth Day is an Antidote to Rising Nationalism

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As the week-long World Youth Day festival is taking place in Panama, a Texas bishop believes the event is important to combat increasing nationalism across the world. In a recent interview, Bishop Mark Seitz of El Paso stated that he loves "this feeling that the world can come together, and the youth are so excited to meet people from other places and to share what we have in common, which is our Catholic faith, across the language or cultural barriers." Such sharing "is an antidote to the prevailing direction that we're seeing the world go in," he said.  

Bishop Seitz sees the current government shutdown over border wall funding as an example of this prevailing direction. "I understand that there are always negotiations, and there's always compromise on a political level. But I think we've reached a new low in terms of debate and what those compromises should be," Seitz said.

However, Bishop Seitz is careful to point out that he is not saying there should be no borders or nations. "We love our nation. Everyone here is carrying their flags - they're proud of the country. Yet, this experience creates the possibility of encounter, and this is something we're living at World Youth Day."

January 25, 2019 - 2:42pm

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