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Learn from the past before looking to future, pope tells young people

By Junno Arocho Esteves Catholic News Service

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- The future cannot be understood without reflecting on the past and on the history and traditions passed on to young people from parents and grandparents, Pope Francis said.
 
"It's from your roots that you will get the strength to continue. None of us -- neither you nor me -- were manufactured in a laboratory; we have a history, we have roots. And everything we do, the results we achieve, the beauty we create in the future, all comes from those roots," the pope said in a video message released by the Vatican July 15.
 
The pope's message was sent to young people of the Caribbean attending the July 10-23 youth assembly sponsored by the Antilles bishops' conference. The conference's theme was focused on transforming the family in the Caribbean in accordance with "Amoris Laetitia" ("The Joy of Love"), the pope's apostolic exhortation on marriage and family.
 
In his message, the pope warned young people of the danger of becoming "aging youths" who are "settled" and do not have the strength to move forward and build a better future.
 
Explaining that his exhortation's fourth chapter is "the heart" of the document's teaching on the family, the pope urged them to study and examine it as a way "of moving the family forward and to transform the family of the Caribbean." "Study it. Look at it and you will have the guidelines to move forward," the pope said.
 
Love is never-ending and is an important aspect of family life with "a strength all its own," Pope Francis said. "St. Paul says: 'Faith and hope will end when we are united with the Lord, but love will continue with Him,'" the pope told the young people. "You are transforming something that is for all eternity; that strength (of love) that will remain forever."

STATEMENT REGARDING RESOLUTION OF THE MATTER INVOLVING THE BISHOP GORMAN DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION AND J.A. TIBERTI COMPANY
 
LAS VEGAS, NV—The J.A. Tiberti Company and the Bishop Gorman Development Corporation announced today that they have reached an amicable resolution to a longstanding dispute and that both parties are ready to move forward.
 
Renaldo Tiberti, the President of Tiberti Construction, said that, “newly appointed Bishop Thomas and his team were very instrumental in bringing about a successful conclusion. As life-long members of the Diocese and proud supporters of the high school, the Tiberti family is relieved to bring this matter to a friendly resolution. The Tiberti Family has a decades-long relationship with Bishop Gorman High School as donors, supporters, graduates and current attendees. Our hearts are in this school, and we look forward to continuing this relationship for generations to come.”
 
“We are pleased that, through dialogue and conciliation, we were able to achieve a settlement and bring closure to a matter that has weighed heavily on both parties for a long time.
 
The parties worked collaboratively to bring about a successful resolution of this matter – in the spirit in which the services from J.A. Tiberti Construction had been rendered,” said Bishop George Leo Thomas, the newly installed Bishop of the Diocese of Las Vegas. The parties have agreed to terms of a settlement, but await final approval of the agreement from the bankruptcy court. As such, details of the settlement will not be released.
 
Bishop Thomas said that “the Diocese of Las Vegas and, particularly, the Bishop Gorman High School community, are grateful to the extended Tiberti family for the legacy they leave to the young people of this diocese. We believe that this agreement keeps alive the dream of J.A. Tiberti for generations to come. The diocese takes this opportunity to acknowledge with gratitude the contributions of the Tiberti family. I see this as a time of new beginnings.”

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