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Vatican releases online questionnaire for youth
Extracts from Carol Glatz, Catholic News Service, Crux, 15 June 2017
ROME - To involve young people in preparations for the Synod of Bishops on youth in 2018, the Vatican has released an online questionnaire to better understand the lives, attitudes and concerns of 16- to 29-year-olds around the world.          The questionnaire - available in English, Spanish, French and Italian - can be found on the synod’s official site and is open to any young person, regardless of faith or religious belief.       The general secretariat of the synod launched the website June 14 to share information about the October 2018 synod on “Young people, faith and vocational discernment” and to link to an online, anonymous survey asking young people about their lives and expectations.    The answers to the questionnaire, along with contributions from bishops, bishops’ conferences and other church bodies, “will provide the basis for the drafting of the ‘instrumentum laboris,'” or working document for the assembly, synod officials said in January.       Young people from all backgrounds are encouraged to take part in the questionnaire because every young person has “the right to be accompanied without exclusion,” synod officials had said.    The list of 53 mostly multiple-choice questions is divided into seven sections: general personal information; attitudes and opinions about oneself and the world; influences and relationships; life choices; religion, faith and the church; internet use; and two final, open-ended questions.        The Vatican’s preparation for a synod generally includes developing a questionnaire and soliciting input from bishops’ conferences, dioceses and religious orders. This is the first time the Vatican’s synod organizing body put a questionnaire online and sought direct input from the pub              A synod’s preparatory phase seeks to consult of “the entire people of God” to better understand young people’s different situations as synod officials draft the working document. The synod on youth will be looking for ways the church can best and most effectively evangelize young people and help them make life choices corresponding to God’s plan and the good of the person....(more)  Photo: Crux, CNS photo/Bob Roller. 

Pope Francis wants to hear from you!

 We are pleased to announce that the Australian survey in preparation for the 2018 Synod on Youth has been released. This survey is for young people aged 16-29 years old and will assist the Australian Bishops in putting together their submission to Pope Francis. We invite you to join us in promoting the survey to all young people aged 16-29. Further information about the survey can be found in the attached media release. Pope Francis has been clear that he is interested to hear from all young people – not just those who go to Church or believe in God.          #Synod2018


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Next synod on youth
Extract from Cathnews, 7 October 2016

The topic of the next synod has been announced as Young People, Faith, and Vocational Discernment, according to a statement released by the Vatican. The Catholic Herald has the story.      But according to one respected Vatican journalist, the synod was nearly dedicated to a different theme - priestly celibacy.     Edward Pentin, Vatican correspondent of the National Catholic Register, reported that Pope Francis was “known to be keen” for the next synod to examine “priestly celibacy and a possible push to allow married priests.”    However, Pentin wrote: “That proposal was understood to have been voted down by the majority of members on the XIV Ordinary Council of the Synod of Bishops.”      The XIV Ordinary Council is a group of bishops which works with the Pope on choosing the theme of the synod. It includes Cardinal Christoph Schönborn of Vienna, Cardinal Wilfrid Napier of Durban, Cardinal George Pell, head of Vatican finance reform, and several other well-known prelates.      In choosing the theme, Pope Francis also consulted bishops’ conferences, the Eastern Catholic Churches, and the heads of women’s religious orders.     There had been speculation that the synod would address priestly celibacy. Cardinal Cláudio Hummes, Archbishop Emeritus of São Paulo and a friend of Pope Francis, is known to be interested in reforming the requirement for priests to be celibate, and recently had an audience with the Pope.    The Vatican statement said the choice of synod theme is expressive of “pastoral concern of the Church for the young,” and was “continuous” with the previous Synod on the Family and the Pope’s subsequent document Amoris Laetitia......(more)    Photo: Mishika  Perera, St Kevin's Parish Templestowe. Watch her WYD feedback video here  (6 minutes)
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World Youth Day is a catalyst for renewal in youth ministry Australian bishops say
Extract from Media Release, Austraian Catholic Bishop's Conference, CathNews,  26 July 2016

World Youth Day in Sydney changed the landscape of youth ministry nationally, the Australian bishops said
today during a national gathering of Australian pilgrims currently participating atWorld Youth Day (WYD)  events in Krakow, Poland. Today, the Australian Bishops joined more than 3,000 young people at a national Australian gathering during WYD Krakow that included alaunch of the ‘Year of Youth’,building on the legacy of World Youth Day 2008 (WYD08).            The Year of Youth will celebrate the tenth anniversary of World Youth Day, Sydney and highlight how the Australian Church continues to tell the story of WYD08 in its local ministry. Bishop Mark Edwards, Australian Catholic Bishops Delegate for Youth and an MC at the national gathering said, ‘The years of preparation leading up to World Youth Day 2008 (WYD08) and its events have changed the landscape of youth ministry leaving a lasting impression on the Church. Local youth ministries have grown and diversified. The number of youth ministers has increased along with diocesan support structures.....(more)



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