In preparation for the Synod on youth to be held in 2018, the Pope writes a letter to young people and plans to consult with them directly through a questionnaire.
Today the Preparatory Document for the XV Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of the Bishops was presented in the Vatican on the topic “Youth, Faith and Vocational Discernment”.
The Holy Father surprised us by accompanying this presentation with a personal letter addressed to young people all over the world:” A better world can be built also as a result of your efforts, your desire to change and your generosity. Do not be afraid to listen to the Spirit who proposes bold choices; do not delay when your conscience asks you to take risks in following the Master. The Church also wishes to listen to your voice, your sensitivities and your faith; even your doubts and your criticism. Make your voice heard, let it resonate in communities and let it be heard by your shepherds of souls” (Pope’s Letter to Young People).
The Pope also wished to give another very important gift to the young people who will be visiting the Synod to be celebrated in October 2018. In addition to the Questionnaire sent to the representative bodies with the right to be consulted (The Synods of Bishops and the Councils of the Hierarchies of the Catholic Eastern Churches, the Episcopal Conferences, the dicasteries of the Roman Curia and the Union of Superiors General), there is the great novelty of a website for consulting all young people by means of a questionnaire on their expectations and their life. The answers to these two questionnaires will form the basis for the preparation of the Working Document which will be the reference point for discussion by the Synodal Fathers.
Once again Pope Francis has amazed us and is encouraging us to be exponents of the Gospels and authentic and courageous witnesses of Christian life.Young people all over the world have been “convened” ; they have been called upon to make their voices heard, voices all too often stifled by the world of adults.
“I would also remind you of the words that Jesus once said to the disciples who asked him: “Teacher […] where are you staying?” He replied, “Come and see” (Jn 1:38) ( Pope’s Letter to Young People). We begin this synodal knowing that the Lord calls us to follow him with confidence and passion, assured that during the trip He will always be with us.