Pope Francis on Wednesday, 3 October 2018 opened the 3-week Synod on “Young People, the Faith and Vocational Discernment”, calling on his brother bishops to heed the voices of young people in the effort to build a better world than that of their elders.

He said “they demand from us creativity, dynamism, intelligence, enthusiasm and hope. They ask us, he continued “not to leave them alone in the hands of so many peddlers of death who oppress their lives and darken their vision”.

Pope Francis added that there was the need to “spend time with the future”, “to take from this Synod not merely a document – that generally is only read by a few and criticized by many – but above all concrete pastoral proposals capable of fulfilling the Synod’s purpose”.

The Pope was optimistic that the ecclesial meeting will “transform those frames of mind that today paralyze, separate and alienate us from young people leaving them exposed to stormy seas, orphans without a faith community that should sustain them, orphans devoid of a sense of direction and meaning in life”.

The XV Ordinary General Assembly of Synod of Bishops, taking place from 3rd to 28th October 2018 focuses on the fact that “Taking care of young people is not an optional task for the Church, but an integral part of her vocation and mission in history”. “Just as our Lord Jesus Christ walked alongside the disciples of Emmaus (cf. Lk 24:13-35), the Church is also urged to accompany all young people, without exception, towards the joy of love”.

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