Synod 2018 focuses on the role of young people in the Church

By: Lindsey Kettner, Relevant Radio®

In October of 2018, Catholic bishops will hold an Ordinary Synod of Bishops with the theme of Young People, Faith, and Vocational Discernment. In preparation, the Vatican has launched a website for young people.

“The Holy Father [Wednesday] in his catechesis spoke about the importance of reaching out to young people and embracing young people. He specifically said, ‘There no bad kids. There’s no bad teenagers. These are people who just do not realize they are loved by God, who loves unconditionally,’” says Ashley Noronha, Relevant Radio® Vatican correspondent.

“In preparation for this synod coming up in October of 2018, the Vatican has reached out to young people around the world and launched this new interactive site because this theme of the upcoming synod is the role of young people in the life of the Church. On this site, they can learn about the synod, about proposed topics, et cetera, but more than that, they can fill out a questionnaire. There’s an online questionnaire there that’s especially meant for young people—anyone between the ages of 16 and 29,” says Noronha. The Synod fathers will use the information collected to propose topics for the 2018 Synod.

The questionnaire is available in several languages and open to young people of all faiths. Question topics include views on vocations, education, politics, social media, the Church, employment, and society. It gives young people the opportunity to share their opinions, struggles, and joys with the synod bishops, so they can be better informed about what young people need from the Church.

The questionnaire and site for the 2018 Synod of Bishops is available HERE.