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posted Feb 22, 2018, 8:38 AM by Neil D'Souza   [ updated Feb 22, 2018, 8:39 AM ]

Pre-Synodal Meeting

Not just talking about "young people", but listening to young people, also using social media. This is the aim of the Pre-Synodal Meeting which will see 300 young people from around the world in Rome, from March 19 to 24, believers and non-believers. Card. Lorenzo Baldisseri, secretary general of the secretariat of the Synod of Bishops presented the Meeting as part of the preparation of a Synod that "wants to be not only a Synod on young people and for young people, but also a Synod of young people and with young people."

The meeting reflects a key word, repeatedly used by the Pope: 'listening'. "In this Pre-Synodal Meeting, we will listen to the young people live, in order to better understand their situation: what they think about themselves and adults, how they live their faith and what difficulties they encounter to be Christians, how they plan their lives and what problems they find in discerning their vocation, how they see the Church today and how they would like it, etc."

The final document of the meeting will be delivered to the Pope on Sunday March 25, and together with the other contributions received, will be merged into the Instrumentum laboris - the document on which the Synodal Fathers will meet in October. That Sunday, all the young people invited to Rome will be able to participate, at the conclusion of the working session, in the celebration of the Eucharist on Palm Sunday in St Peter's Square on the occasion of the XXXIII World Youth Day, which has the theme "Do not be afraid, Mary, because you have found favour with God."(Lk 1:30)


Indian Response to the Youth

Hindu youth from Mumbai and Sikh from Jalandhar to participate.

The Conference of Catholic Bishops of India has chosen five young people to represent the Church in India at the Pre-Synod Meeting in Rome, scheduled to be held from March 18 to 24, 2018. Out of the five, two will represent the Sikh and Hindu faiths, stated Bp Franco Mulakkal, Chairman of the National Youth Commission of the CCBI.

Mr Inderjit Singh will represent the Sikh religion from the Jalandhar diocese, Punjab and Mr Sandeep Pandey, the Hindu faith from the diocese of Vasai, Maharashtra. They join Mr Percival Holt, the National President of the ICYM from the Delhi Archdiocese, Mr Paul Jose, General Secretary of ICYM from Kottapuram Diocese, Kerala and Ms Shilpa, the Spokesperson of ICYM from Rourkela diocese, Odisha. These five youth will travel for the Synod to Rome in March 2018, and spend six days discussing issues related to young people.

There will be about 300 young leaders from different countries participating in this pre-synod meeting. The results of this event will be summarised in a document and given to the Bishops participating in the XV Ordinary Synod which will be held from October 3 to 28, 2018 at the Vatican.

Cardinal Baldisseri, the Secretary General of the Synod of Bishops said, "I would like even those far from the faith to see a welcoming Church that is able to offer an attractive message of hope, capable of proposing ideals." 



To the question 'What do young people really ask of the Church?', almost 75 per cent of respondents said that they need clergy and religious who can spend quality time with them and listen to them. Most of the clergy in the Catholic Church have not socially analysed the requirements of the laity or the young people and have initiated steps based on their understanding of their needs. We need leaders who are equipped to guide and counsel young people, spending quality time assessing their overt and covert problems, deciphering their hopes and aspirations, to strengthen their faith/spiritual values.