Synod 18 Category

TOWARDS THE YOUTH SYNOD, editorial team • One week after signing up as the first pilgrim for the World Youth Day, in the presence of two young people, Pope Francis once again used the moment after the Angelus to turn the whole Church’s attention to the youth.— Francis reminded everyone that in a month, from 19 to 24 March, 300 young people from all over the world will arrive in Rome for a preparatory meeting for the Synod in October. Two youth from the Schoenstatt Movement will participate in thisRead More
TOWARDS THE YOUTH SYNOD, Maria Fischer and Claudia Echenique • If the Youth Synod had been convened by Pope Benedict XV in 1914, the youth of Schoenstatt’s founding generation and Fr. Kentenich would have participated with great enthusiasm and commitment. He believed in the dynamic and creative power of youth to jump start Schoenstatt’s development in the face of the challenges of the time. A century later, Pope Francis truly wants to listen to the youth because he desires a Church that has them in mind and that comes fromRead More
SYNOD 2018, María Fischer • On the 31st of December the large survey in preparation for Synod 2018 ended. Now what? “Join us, dedicate a prayer for Synod 2018. One prayer. Each day. The whole world. Together we are Church.” This invitation for the initiative, “Pray for Synod” extended from its website as well as other social media sites (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram), invites young people, older people and the entire Church to accompany the preparation for the Synod about Youths—Faith and Discernment in October 2018— with a network of prayer.Read More
CHILE, vía ACIprensa • As part of the preparations for the Youth Synod which Pope Francis has called for 2018, Chile is launching the book “Una fe que encanta y aunque duela, no espanta” (faith that enchants and even though it hurts, it doesn’t frighten), published by Catholic journalist Trinidad Ried. Based on the Catechism of the Catholic Church, presented in a question and answer format, this book tries to answer the questions that many young people have about the faith in an accessible way. According the author, the workRead More
TOWARDS THE YOUTH SYNOD: “Hey guys: Pope Francis wants to listen to you”• My name is Daniel Rodríguez, from Barquisimeto, Lara State, Venezuela. I was born on 29 August 2002 and I’m 16 years old. My concern is about being an Orion priest. My doubts are over the situation in Venezuela that crushes our inquisitiveness and whether our dreams can flourish in times of difficulty. My commitment is to help the Church and my neighbour. My dream is to be a priest. To give my life to others like ourRead More
BRAZIL, Ariel Stival via jumasbrasil.com.br • Pope Francis called a Youth Synod, which will take place in 2018 under the theme “Young People, Faith, and Vocational Discernment” that came out of consultations with the bishops conferences. The Synod of Bishops is a kind of consultation assembly for the Holy Father attended by representatives of the Catholic bishops’ conferences from all over the world, together with experts and several other people who are invited, primarily, to help in defining, contextualising and framing the chosen theme for the synod assembly. As theRead More
TOWARDS THE YOUTH SYNOD: “Hey guys, Pope Francis wants to hear you” • I never imagined that life in seminary could be filled with so many unforeseen experiences and impressions. I’ve always admired seminarians – those who came to our parish for apostolic work, the few who returned annually for Christmas break, and even the ones who came to our school for retreats. They were the perfect people – or so I thought – committed to the gospel of Jesus with an undying resolution to live chaste in an unchasteRead More
TOWARDS THE YOUTH SYNOD: “Hey guys, Pope Francis wants to hear you” Hello everyone! How are you? My name is Analía Bazán Fernández, I am from Pirayú in the Department of Paraguarí, Paraguay. I was 18 in 2010 when I attended a youth workshop that took place in the chapel of my community in Costa Jhú, organized by youth leaders of the Apostolic Schoenstatt Movement during the “Patria Pater” missions. Through these young missionaries, I discovered our Mother Thrice Admirable and fell in love with her. With them I experiencedRead More
Towards the Youth Synod: “Hey, young person, Francis wants to hear you” • My history Born and bred in Cape Town, South Africa – I am from a family of four. I’m 26 years of age, and I firmly believe in the family unit. I was raised in a very Catholic environment. I’m blessed to have both my parents as active role models in my life. Growing up, Sunday Mass was non-negotiable, and if I did miss it, my Mom would hound me to the confessional. I have to admitRead More
Towards the Youth Synod: “Hey, young person, Francis wants to hear you” • Hi everyone. My name is Fabián Daniel López Cuevas, I am 26 years old, and I’m studying Accounting at Our Lady of Asunción Catholic University. I am part of the Apostolic Schoenstatt Movement and I’m preparing for marriage. This is how my story begins. From a very young age, I had a deeply Catholic upbringing at home. Everyday, we would gather to pray the Rosary with my siblings and my mom. I’ll admit, dad didn’t join usRead More