Synod 18 Category

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
CHILE, Interview of Pedro Ossandón Buljevic, Vicar of Southern Area of Santiago, by Verónica Gutiérrez, schoenstatt.org  • As a response to the Holy Father’s initiative, the 10th Synod of the Archdiocese of Santiago concerning “Young People, faith, and vocation” will be held on the 19, 20,21 May. During the gatherings, more than 100,000 people’s opinions will be compiled, and they will work on proposals about the Catholic Church with those youths that are believers and non-believers. Bishop Pedro Ossandón will participate in this process, and he comments about the stagesRead More
PRE-SYNODAL MEETING IN ROME, Magdalena Hartmann and Lucas Galhardo • At 12.30 today, in the Holy See Press Office, a press conference was held for the presentation of the Document of the pre-Synodal Meeting in preparation for the 15th General Ordinary Assembly of the Synod of Bishops, to be held in October 2018, on the theme: “Young people, faith and vocational discernment”. Meanwhile, the two members of the Schoenstatt Youth who participated in the pre-synodal meeting, Magdalena Hartmann (Germany) and Lucas Galhardo (Braszil), sent the following video message to allRead More
PRE-SYNOD YOUTH MEETING, Lucas Galhardo • After thanking the prayerful support of so many Schoenstatters, including members of the schoenstatt.org team and missionaries of the Pilgrim Mother Campaign in Santa Rita, an interior town of Paraguay, Lucas Galhardo, the Schoenstatt Movement’s representative at the Pre-Synod, shares some of his impressions of the first day. — The Pre-Synodal meeting began today with the presence of the Holy Father, who in the morning session shared some wise and encouraging words for us to make the most of this opportunity to meet andRead More
VATICAN/BRAZIL, Lucas Galhardo in an interview with Schoenstatt.org • On 19 March, the feast day of St. Joseph, Pope Francis will celebrate the fifth anniversary of his papacy. He will commemorate this day by listening to the young people at the Pre-Synod taking place from 19 to 24 March at the International Pontifical College Maria Mater Ecclesiae. Three Schoenstatters will be among the participants: Fr. Alexandre de Mello Awi, the secretary of the Dicastery for the Laity, Life and Family; Magdalena Hartmann from the Girls’ Youth in Germany as theRead More
WORLD YOUTH DAY • The 33rd World Youth Day 2018 will be celebrated throughout the world on Palm Sunday, 25 March, and to mark the occasion, Pope Francis sent a message to the youth in preparation for the international meeting of youth, which will take place in Panama 2019. — “Dear young people, the Lord, the Church, the world are waiting for your answer to the unique call that each one receives in this life!  As World Youth Day in Panama draws closer, I invite you to prepare yourselves forRead More