Synod 18 Category

WYD 2020, Message from Pope Francis • The Holy Father’s Message to young people for the 35th World Youth Day 2020, which will be celebrated at the diocesan level throughout the world, focuses on the theme: “Young man, I say to you, arise (cf. Lk 7:14). The text, signed by the Holy Father on the day of the memory of the Blessed Virgin Mary of Lourdes, opens a cycle of three messages dedicated to young people on their journey between WYD 2019 in Panama – which we remember so wellRead More
AUSTRALIA, Sr M. Rebecca • The Australian Catholic Youth Festival (ACYF) held every two years in a different city in Australia, is a chance for thousands of young Catholics (aged 15-25) to gather, encounter Jesus and celebrate their faith. This year, the city of Perth, Western Australia was chosen to host ACYF 2019 with the theme: ‘Listen to what the Spirit is saying’. We prepared to welcome 5,500 youth nationwide from Sunday, December 8 to Tuesday, December 10. — The ACYF Expo, with more than 80 stalls, comprising of participating Catholic agencies, organisations, religious orders, ecclesial movements and allRead More

Posted On 02.12.2019In Synod 18

The Now of God

VATICAN, Dicastery for Laity, Family and Life  • “Young people are the heirs of a great past, the bearers of a great present, and the builders of a great future.” This paraphrase of Fr. Joseph Kentenich, the founder of the Apostolic Movement of Schönstatt, was the guiding theme of the intervention which the Secretary of our Dicastery, Fr. Alexandre Awi Mello, gave while participating via Skype in the twentieth Latin American Pastoral Youth Meeting, which was held  November 18 – 23 in Peru.— Taking as his starting point the heritageRead More
CHRISTUS VIVIT, schoenstatt.org editors with material from laityfamilylife.va • Twenty-six young people from different parts of the world have prepared video testimonies that were inspired by Christus Vivit ‒ Pope Francis’ most recent apostolic exhortation‒, and also by their experiences of faith. Through these short recordings, the young people invite their peers to discover the rich content of the document and to rediscover the presence of Christ in their lives. — The series of twenty-six videos is a work of collaboration between the Dicastery for Laity, Family and Life, theRead More
CHRISTUS VIVIT, editors • For the sixth consecutive year, the Colombian Episcopal Conference has organized in Bogota, Colombia, the National Congress of Vocational Pastoral Ministry.— The Congress entitled “Youth, Faith and Vocational Discernment”, the theme of the last Synod of Bishops on Youth, took place from June 17 to 20 to promote a message of hope offered to those who animate, accompany, and joyfully choose to engage in the following of the Lord Jesus. Father Alexandre Awi Mello, I.Sch., Secretary of the Dicastery, participated in the event by sending aRead More
CHRISTUS VIVIT, Maria Fischer This time from St. Peter’s in Rome with Fr. Alexandre Awi. On 22 June, the day of the audience with Pope Francis, the crowning jewel of the International Youth Forum, the Schoenstatt participants sent their third and final video message to the International Schoenstatt Family in four languages and only one message: Christ is alive. Christ is alive, the Pope’s message, the message of the Youth synod, the message of this post-synodal journey, is a message for the whole of Schoenstatt, for this apostolic movement foundedRead More
CHRIST IS ALIVE – INTERNATIONAL YOUTH FORUM, Maria Fischer with Lucas Galhardo and Hemma Struntz • Good afternoon, good evening, good day…it’s once again 2:30 in the morning in Rome, when Hemma Struntz from Austria and Lucas Galhardo from Brazil, the two Schoenstatt representatives at the International Youth Forum, recorded the second video to greet the International Schoenstatt Family, this time in Spanish and English. They had already finished the talks, the working groups, the discussions and the Mass at the forum. All that was left was the crowning jewelRead More
CHRISTUS VIVIT – THE LETTER OF OUR HOLY FATHER TO YOUNG PEOPLE, Maria Fischer • The first answer came from Peru, from Fr Alberto Celis, a member of the first course of the Schoenstatt Priests’ Federation there. In a few words he answered with a photo of his edition of Christus vivit that had clearly been well read. Hemma Struntz and Lucas Galhardo, the two representatives of the Schoenstatt Movement to the XI International Youth Forum, worked until late in the night, or more precisely, until the early hours ofRead More
XI International Youth Forum, Editorial Team • “During the Synod we shared experiences, struggled together, worked together and rejoiced together because we are the Church.” With these words Cardinal Lorenzo Baldisseri greeted the young people from all over the world who had gathered in Ciampino Rome, for the Eleventh International Youth Forum, the heart of the synod devoted to them, in order to awaken to new life the passionate and fruitful experience of the synodal way. —   The young people who were participating in this Eleventh International Forum, whichRead More
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