What comes to mind when you see or hear the term “Youth Ministry” used with “popular piety“? This paragraph and others can be found on this link at the Vatican site. What do you make of Pope Francis’ comments about religious devotions? I’d say he’s spot-on when discussing pilgrimages. These were popular among my peers when offered in the 70s.
238. Various manifestations of popular piety, especially pilgrimages, attract young people who do not readily feel at home in ecclesial structures, and represent a concrete sign of their trust in God. These ways of seeking God are seen particularly in young people who are poor, but also those in other sectors of society. They should not be looked down on, but encouraged and promoted. Popular piety “is a legitimate way of living the faith”[Evangelii Gaudium 124] and “an expression of the spontaneous missionary activity of the People of God”.[Ibid., No. 122]
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