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World Youth Day in Krakow, Poland, July 2016.

Vatican encourages youth participation in pre-synod meeting via Facebook

Mar 14, 2018

As the pre-synod gathering on youth approaches, Vatican organizers are inviting young people around the globe to join in the... Read more

Pre-Synodal meeting at the Holy See Press Office on February 16, 2018.

Youth look forward to sharing hopes, concerns in pre-synod meeting

Feb 16, 2018

By Elise Harris

Ahead of the pre-synod meeting set to take place next month, several young participants voiced excitement to meet with peers... Read more

Young people at World Youth Day in Krakow, Poland, July 2016.

Young adult delegates to pre-synod gathering span vocations

Jan 28, 2018

By Mary Farrow

The U.S. bishops have selected the young adult delegates who will represent the country at the pre-synod gathering in Rome... 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

Jan 11, 2018

By Hannah Brockhaus

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

Bishops gathered with the Pope at the 2014 Synod on the Family.

Report: US bishops choose delegates for 2018 Synod

Nov 15, 2017

Meeting in Baltimore for their annual fall meeting, the U.S. bishops have selected their choices for delegates to next year’s... Read more

Youth ministry must reflect young people’s diversity, US cardinal says

Nov 13, 2017

By Carl Bunderson

Young people are not a singular mass, and ministry to them must reflect their diversity, Cardinal Daniel DiNardo of Galveston-Houston... Read more

Pope Francis at the general audience in St. Peter's Square Sept. 28, 2016.

Pope to Canadian youth: Let Christ lead you in the adventure of life

Oct 23, 2017

By Hannah Brockhaus

In a video message to participants in a youth forum in Canada, Pope Francis told young people to meet Jesus... 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

Oct 15, 2017

By Hannah Brockhaus

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

Oct 4, 2017

By Elise Harris

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

Sep 16, 2017

By Hannah Brockhaus

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?

Aug 23, 2017

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

Opening Mass for the Assembly of Synod of the Bishops on the Family on Oct. 4, 2015.

Millennials: Do you have something to say to the bishops? Here's your chance

Jun 15, 2017

The General Secretariat of the Synod of Bishops announced the launch of a new website for the upcoming synod on... Read more

US bishops: Next synod must address disillusioned, indifferent youth

Jun 14, 2017

By Matt Hadro

Next year’s synod, which will focus on young people, must address their most pressing problems, including indifference and disillusionment, U.S.... 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

Apr 11, 2017

By Elise Harris

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

Apr 8, 2017

By Hannah Brockhaus

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

Jan 13, 2017

By Elise Harris

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

A view of the facade of St. Peter's Basilica from the Vaticans Apostolic Palace.

In latest meeting, Synod of Bishops finalizes preparatory doc for 2018

Nov 23, 2016

By Elise Harris

The Synod of Bishops met in Rome this week to finalize the preparatory document and questionnaire that will form the... Read more

Pope Francis meets with members of the International Congress of vocation ministry in Vatican City, Oct. 21, 2016.

Pope Francis: Where are vocations from? An encounter with God

Oct 21, 2016

By Elise Harris

When it comes to promoting vocations in the Church, Pope Francis said it all begins with an encounter with God... Read more

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

Youth, discernment Pope's pick for next synod theme

Oct 6, 2016

By Hannah Brockhaus

The theme for the 2018 Synod of Bishops has been released, and will focus on how to best teach the... Read more

Opening session of the Synod of Bishops, Oct. 6, 2014.

Pope Francis' post-synod doc to be released April 8

Mar 31, 2016

By Elise Harris

The Vatican announced Thursday that Pope Francis’ highly anticipated post-synodal apostolic exhortation on the gifts and challenges of family life... Read more