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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
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
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, 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
Towards the Youth Synod – “Pope Francis wants to hear you” • My history I’m a young woman, originally from Durban, studying physiotherapy in the beautiful city of Cape Town, South Africa. I come from a very small family consisting of my Mom, Gran and Grandad and we’re a very tight-knit family, so leaving home to come and study was very difficult for me. Thankfully I moved into a residence for female students run by the Schoenstatt Sisters of Mary and after living here for the last 3 years, itRead More
YOUTH. FAITH. DISCERNMENT – Journey to the Synod, Schoenstatt.org base team • If you are a young person between the ages of 16 and 29 living in the world, we don’t need to tell you that today’s world changes quickly. The Church, which is universal, changes quickly and changes with you. The Church needs you so that it can understand the meaning and importance of these changes and make useful proposals based on your experiences of faith. At Schoenstatt.org we don’t want to stand on the side lines of theRead More