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Upcoming synod needs young people’s voices, pope says

Pope Francis asked young people to tell him, their bishops and priests about their hopes and struggles and even their criticisms.

In preparation for a meeting of the Synod of Bishops focused on youth, the pope wrote a letter to young people, saying the Church wants ‘to listen to your voice, your sensitivities and your faith, even your doubts and your criticism.’

‘Make your voice heard,’ the pope told young people. ‘Let it resonate in communities and let it be heard by your shepherds of souls.’

The pope’s letter was released on 13th January along with the preparatory document for the synod. The document includes a series of questions to be answered by national conferences of bishops and other Church bodies. The responses, along with input from young people themselves, will form the basis of the synod’s working document.

Pope Francis chose ‘Young people, faith and vocational discernment’ as the theme for the synod gathering, which will be held in October 2018.

Picture: Pope Francis waves as he arrives for a welcoming ceremony during the 2016 World Youth Day at Blonia Park in Krakow, Poland. As the Catholic Church prepares for a meeting of the Synod of Bishops focused on youth, the pope wrote a letter to young people saying the Church wants ‘to listen to your voice, your sensitivities and your faith, even your doubts and your criticism.’ (CNS photo/Bob Roller)