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Archbishop Stanisław Gądecki celebrating Mass at the tomb of St. John Paul II in St. Peter’s Basilica on Oct. 4.

Youth synod bishop: The world is rich in technology & poor in principles

A Polish archbishop participating in the Vatican synod on youth said Thursday that today’s young people have benefited from technological... Read more

Pope Francis opens the Synod of Bishops on youth Oct. 3, 2018.

Pope invites bishops to be open to new opinions during synod

Pope Francis Wednesday told those bishops and auditors who will be giving short speeches – called “interventions” – at the... Read more

Youth synod deserves in-depth Catholicism, not LGBT lobbying, critics say

A coalition of secular and dissenting Catholic LGBT groups aims to influence the Church’s upcoming Synod on Young People by... Read more

Pope Francis greets youth pilgrims at Santo Tomas University in Manila on Jan. 18, 2015.

Youth to meet with Pope Francis during October synod

The Synod of Bishops announced Tuesday that the upcoming assembly of bishops will include a meeting of young people with... Read more

A meeting of bishops in Rome, May 2018.

Pope Francis approves new constitution for Synod of Bishops

In a new apostolic constitution, Pope Francis has reformed the Synod of Bishops and created a mechanism for the assembly’s... Read more

St. Peter's Basilica.

Cupich, Tobin appointed by Pope Francis to October synod on young people

Pope Francis has appointed several Americans to participate in October’s Vatican synod on young adults, the faith, and vocational discernment.... Read more

Bishop Philip Egan of Portsmouth.

English bishop requests Extraordinary Synod on life, ministry of clergy

Bishop Philip Egan of the Diocese of Portsmouth, in southern England, has written to the pope asking him to convene... Read more

Pope Francis at the General Audience in St. Peter's Square, May 2, 2018.

Francis appoints four presidents delegate for youth synod

Pope Francis appointed Saturday four cardinals as presidents delegate to the synod on youth, which will meet at the Vatican... Read more

World Youth Day in Krakow, July 2016.

Working document approved for synod on youth

After a two-day meeting in Rome, the governing council of the Vatican office for the Synod of Bishops approved the... Read more

Young people listen to Pope Francis at the Basilica of Saint Mary Major in Rome, April 8, 2017.

US pre-synod delegates: Youth need authentic Catholic witnesses

The United States delegates to a pre-synod gathering in Rome this week have said they think young Catholics in the... Read more

People attending Mass with Pope Francis at the Catholic Sanctuary of the Martyrs, Namugongo, Uganda, Nov. 28, 2015.

African youth bring zeal to pre-Synod gathering

Several young people from across Africa have voiced their excitement at being able to participate in the Vatican's pre-synod meeting,... Read more

Pope Francis at the General Audience in St. Peter's Square, Jan. 31, 2018.

Pope encourages young people to ask tough questions at pre-synod launch

Pope Francis opened this week's pre-synod meeting telling youth to hold nothing back and to have the courage to ask... Read more

Young people wait to meet Pope Francis in St. Peter's Square Oct. 14, 2017.

Youth to be Vatican’s focus in 2018, Cardinal Parolin says

In an interview published Thursday, Cardinal Pietro Parolin said that for the Vatican, the new year will be marked by... Read more

Pope Francis arrives in St. Peter's Square for the general audience Sept. 21 2016.

Pope announces special 2019 Synod of Bishops on South American region

On Sunday, Pope Francis announced the decision to hold a special assembly of the Synod of Bishops, to take place... Read more

Pope Francis at World Youth Day in Poland, July 2016.

Pope announces pre-synod meeting with youth as participants

Pope Francis announced Wednesday that ahead of next year's synod of bishops on youth, a preliminary meeting will take place... Read more

Pope Francis at WYD in Poland, 2016.

Catholic youth have something to say – and the Church is listening

As preparations continue for next year's Synod of Bishops on young people, the Vatican hosted young adults and global experts... Read more

Bl. Pier Giorgio Frassati.

Could the canonization of Bl. Pier Giorgio happen next year?

Ahead of the 2018 synod on youth in Rome, a group of Catholic young people are asking for testimonies and... Read more

Panamanian youths attend a prayer vigil at the Basilica of St. Mary Major in Rome, April 8, 2017.

Youth raise voices ahead of 2018 synod: we want to follow Christ

At a prayer vigil with youth this weekend, Pope Francis said the Church needs to listen to the voice of... Read more

World Youth Day in Krakow, Poland, July 2016.

Bishops seek input from youth ahead of 2018 synod

An international conference this week in Rome is seeking feedback from young people on the upcoming 2018 Synod of Bishops,... Read more

Pope Francis arrives to meet with youth at Kasarani stadium in Kenya on Nov. 27, 2015.

Youth to be protagonists in upcoming synod of bishops

With the 2014-2015 Synod of Bishops on the Family barely falling out of sight, the preparatory document for the next... Read more