“Even when the journey is uncertain and you fall, God, rich in mercy, will extend his hand to pick you up.” – Pope Francis 

Pope Francis invited bishops from around the world to participate in a synod of bishops in Rome in October 2018. The theme of the synod was: “Youth, Faith and Vocational Discernment.”

Why did Pope Francis choose this as the theme:

As was the case for his predecessors, youth have been a key concern for Pope Francis since the beginning of his pontificate.

The Holy Father said the theme was “expression of the Church’s pastoral concern for the young.” Also, the theme is a natural follow-up to the pope’s prior synod on the family and the pope’s post-synodal document Amoris Laetitia.

What is the goal of the synod in 2018?

The synod seeks to “accompany young people on their way of life towards maturity so that, through a process of discernment, they can discover their life project and realize it with joy, opening the encounter with God and with men, and actively participating in the building up of the Church and society.”

How many vocational options are there?

The Catholic Church distinguishes four vocations: married life, single life, religious life, and ordained life.

Pope’s Letter to Young People

On January 13, 2017, Pope Francis 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.”