Synod 2018 on Young People, the Faith, and Vocational Discernment

On February 22, 2018, Pope Francis released his message for the 2018 "World Youth Day" celebration (which is internationally celebrated on Palm Sunday, this year March 25). The theme of this year, which is aimed at all youth and young adults, is "Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favour with God" (Lk 1:30) .

In the message, he references the Synod and the preparation for World Youth Day.  This is the second of three year cycle of WYD themes focused around discernment, vocation, and the Blessed Mother (Lk 1:49, Lk 1:30, Lk. 1:38). Last year, the Holy Father asked young people to reflect on their past and how "the Almighty has done great things" for them. This year, the Holy Father is encouraging young people to be aware of the present moment – not to be frightened by it or by their own self-doubts, but to take courage and be open to accepting the Lord's invitation to engage and to lead in church and in society. 


In addition to the delegates at the Pre-Synod, the Holy See is inviting all youth and young adults to participate in sharing their input with Pope Francis through social media before and during the Pre-Synod Gathering. Please encourage young people in your area to participate online and via their mobile devices. Use the #hashtag, #TellItToFrancis, and invite the young people in your life to join the conversation and offer their thoughts and insights.

SPECIAL SYNOD WEBSITE: The Vatican recently launched a website youth and young adults. . . related to the XV Ordinary Synod of Bishops on Young People, the Faith, and Vocational Discernment.  The survey will help the Synod Office better understand the realities of young people today and their pathways to vocation and the Catholic faith.  


Pope Francis has dedicated the 15th Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops. . . to be focused on the theme of "Young People, the Faith, and Vocational Discernment." It will be held in Rome in October 2018. Pope Francis noted: "The theme, an expression of the pastoral care of the Church for the young, is consistent with the results of the recent Synod assemblies on the family and with the content of the post-Synodal apostolic exhortation Amoris Laetitia. Its aim is to accompany the young on their existential journey to maturity so that, through a process of discernment, they discover their plan for life and realize it with joy, opening up to the encounter with God and with human beings, and actively participating in the edification of the Church and of society."

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