The final document produced from listening to young people at the pre-synodal meeting in Rome from 19th – 24th March 2018, was presented to Pope Francis on Palm Sunday, and has been published by the Vatican. The meeting was attended by more than 300 young people from all over the world, and a further 15,000 took part online through the Facebook groups set up for the event. It is a fascinating document, which gives the Bishops plenty of insight into the realities of life, faith and vocational discernment for young people today. You can read it in full here, but for now, here are a couple of extracts:
It is important at the outset to clarify the parameters of this document. It is neither to compose a theological treatise, nor is it to establish new Church teaching. Rather, it is a statement reflecting the specific realities, personalities, beliefs and experiences of the young people of the world. This document is destined for the Synodal Fathers. This is to give the Bishops a compass, pointing towards a clearer understanding of young people: a navigational aid for the upcoming Bishops’ Synod on “Young People, the Faith, and Vocational Discernment” in October 2018. It is important that these experiences be viewed and understood according to the various contexts in which young people are situated.