Synod 18 Category

CHRIST IS ALIVE. The Pope’s letter to youth, editorial team • “Christ is alive. He is our hope, and in a wonderful way he brings youth to our world. Everything he touches becomes young, new, full of life. Christ is alive and he wants you to be alive!” Thus begins the post-synodal apostolic exhortation “Christus Vivit” (Christ is a live), signed by Pope Francis in Loreto, in the Marian shrine of the Holy House on 25 March, and published by the Vatican on 2 April.— The exhortation follows from theRead More
COSTA RICA, Maria Fischer, José Alejandro Martínez What did the Secretary General of the Dicastery for Laity, Family and Life do on his birthday?  Fr. Alexandre Awi de Mello turned 48 last January 17, 2019.  He began the day flying from Panama to Costa Rica since he had the desire to be able to celebrate the 18th with “his” Boys Youth from Brazil (the same group to which he had been advisor for many years), and with the rest of the world-wide Schoenstatt youths who were gathered at that timeRead More
YOUTH SYNOD, EDITORS• Vive Cristo, esperanza nuestra is the opening of the original text in Spanish of the post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation in the form of a Letter to the Young, which the Pope will sign this 25 March, Solemnity of the Annunciation of the Lord, during his visit to the Marian Shrine of Loreto.— The Pope intends, with this gesture, to entrust to the Virgin Mary the document that completes the work of the Synod of Bishops held in the Vatican from 3 to 28 October, on the theme: “YoungRead More
Youth Synod, interview with Lucas Galhardo • One month after the Youth Synod, we asked Lucas Galhardo from the Schoenstatt Boys’ Youth in Brazil, who particpated at the Synod and the preparatory meetings for it, about what these meetings meant for him and which were the most important moments for him, and what needs to happen now so that the Synod does not live only on paper. —   In your video message to the Schoenstatt Family at the end of the Synod, you spoke about how your participation atRead More
Synod on the Youth, Editorial team • The two Schoenstatters present at the Synod on the Youth, Fr. Alexandre Awi and Lucas Galhardo, sent a video message to the entire International Family. —   Message from Fr. Alexandre: At the end of the Bishops’ Synod on the Youth, we are very happy to send a very special greeting to the entire Schoenstatt Family allover the world. For us it was a great joy to accompany this Synod and to also bring the presence of our spirituality, our Movement, and thusRead More
YOUTH SYNOD, Maria Fischer • On the feast of Our Lady of aparecida on 12 October – also the feast day of Our Lady of the Pillar – the Holy Father urged the Brazilian people to search for Our Lady “in the waters of their hearts, because she is Mother.” Lucas Galhardo, the impetus behind this greeting, said that the experience of this moment and the Synod as a whole, personally encourages him to pray more for the Holy Father. On 12 October at the Synod, Bishop Vilsom Basso, theRead More
YOUTH SYNOD 2018, Editorial team “Hope challenges us,” says Pope Francis, a few days after his powerful appeal to pray for the church, it “moves us and shatters that conformism which says, “it’s always been done like this” and asks them “to get up and look directly into the eyes of young people and see their situations.” This same hope asks us to make efforts to reverse situations of uncertainty, exclusion and violence, to which our young people are exposed. After months of preparations, the 15th Ordinary General Assembly ofRead More
TOWARDS THE YOUTH SYNOD • Pope Francis delivered a video message for the International Marian Vigil with young people that took place at the St. Gabriel of Our Lady of Sorrows in Teramo, Italy, in preparation for the next Synod of Bishops on Youth, urging them to not be silent and to teach the adults about dialogue and concord. He spoke about the digital revolution, Mary, and the mission that youth have. — Text of the video message Dear friends, I am happy to take part in the International MarianRead More
WORLD MISSION DAY, POPE FRANCIS’ MESSAGE • Pope Francis dedicated this message for World Mission Day, to be celebrated on 21 October 2018, to the youth, saying that the “conversation with you is the certainty that the Christian faith remains ever young when it is open to the mission that Christ entrusts to us.” The message was published on Pentecost, the feast day of the young and missionary church. Francis explained that the next Synod, taking place in Rome in October, mission moth, will provide an opportunity to better understand,Read More
TOWARDS THE SYNOD, Editors • On Saturday, 24 March the pre-Synod meeting was brought to a close with the approval of the document containing the proposals that the young people presented to the Church in light of the next Synod of Bishops. At the end of the celebration of Holy Mass on Palm Sunday, Pope Francis received the conclusive document of this week of work that ended on 24 March from a group of young people who participated in the pre-Synod meeting. As is customary, the Holy Father did notRead More