Preparatory document for next synod of bishops on youth released

The preparatory for the upcoming 2018 50th General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops was released on Jan. 13. The theme for the synod is “Young People, the Faith and the Discernment of Vocations.” The synod is scheduled to begin in October of next year.

In a letter written upon presentation of the document, Pope Francis expressed that he wants youth to be the center of attention because they are in his heart. He also reminded them that they are certainly in God’s heart and mind too.

“He looks at you and invites you to go with Him. Dear young people, have you noticed this look towards you? Have you heard this voice? Have you felt this urge to undertake this journey?”

The Holy Father recognized that, despite the noise and confusion seemingly prevalent in the world, this call may continue to resonate in the depths of young people’s hearts.

The document is divided into three parts focusing on the themes of “Young People in Today’s World,” “Faith, Discernment and Vocation” and “Pastoral Action.”

It concludes with a series of questions directed at the synods and councils of patriarchs of the Eastern Catholic Churches, episcopal conferences, dicasteries of the Roman Curia and the Union of Superiors General.

While some of the questions are more general, others are divided by continent in order grasp the differing realities of youth around the world, as well as to go outside of the “Western, European, even an Italian” lens through which the reality of the Church is often read, said Cardinal Lorenzo Baldisseri, secretary general of the Synod of Bishops.

For the Crux (Jan. 13, 2017) report, click here.

For the Catholic News Agency (Jan. 13, 2017), report, click here.

For the Zenit News Agency (Jan. 13, 2017) report, click here.