This October’s Synod on Youth
This October in Rome, from 3rd to 28th, the Holy Father is chairing the Fifteenth Synod of Bishops on the topic “Young People, the Faith and Vocational Discernment”. Youth here means 16-35 and the purpose of the Synod is to discern the new horizons and directions to which the Holy Spirit is calling the Church in our times. As part of the preparations here in England and Wales, the Bishop’s Conference Department of Evangelisation conducted a survey of 3,500 young Catholics and what they think and wish to say. This has now been sent to the commissariat in Rome, which has received hundreds of similar inputs. These are brought together in the recently published Instrumentum Laboris, the working document that the Synod will begin with. The Instrumentum Laboris has three parts: (1) See (i.e. surveys, experiences, challenges, joys and anxieties of young people today); (2) Judge (interpreting these experiences in the light of the Gospel); and (3) Act (what to do, things that work, sharing possible ways forward, responses to the situation). After the Synod, the Holy Father will issue a “Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation” with guidelines for application in the everyday pastoral life of the Church.
You can find out more about the Synod here including its Instrumentum Laboris together with various films and reflections.