Youth Synod 2018

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Young pilgrims gather before World Youth Day Panama opening Mass Jan. 22, 2019.

Pope Francis announces Marian theme of World Youth Day 2022 in Lisbon

Jun 22, 2019

By Courtney Mares

At the conclusion of the International Youth Forum Saturday, Pope Francis announced the theme of World Youth Day 2022 to... Read more

Pope Francis in St. Peter's Square May 2, 2018.

Pope Francis to young people: Holiness takes effort

Apr 2, 2019

By Hannah Brockhaus

In his follow-up document to October’s youth synod, Pope Francis urged young people to approach holiness not only with the... Read more

Pope Francis prays inside the Holy House of Loreto on the Feast of the Annunciation March 25, 2019.

Pope Francis: Marriage and family have 'an essential mission'

Mar 25, 2019

By Hannah Brockhaus

On the Solemnity of the Annunciation, Pope Francis emphasized the importance of family and marriage for society, and called the... Read more

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

Pope Francis to publish document on youth synod

Feb 25, 2019

By Hannah Brockhaus

The Vatican announced Sunday that Pope Francis will publish in March a post-synodal exhortation on last October’s synod on young... Read more

Young Catholics attend a papal Mass in Uganda.

Youth synod document says faith can combat relativism

Jan 10, 2019

The Synod of Bishops released Thursday an English translation of the final document of the 2018 session on young people,... Read more

Young people pray at the Centro San Lorenzo in Rome.

The youth center at the center of the Church

Dec 17, 2018

By Hannah Brockhaus

Though it sits just steps from St. Peter’s Basilica, it goes unseen by the thousands of people that pass by... Read more

Opening Mass in St. Peter's Square for the 15th Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops on Oct. 3, 2018.

Synod 2018's final document shows nuances on 'synodality'

Oct 29, 2018

By Andrea Gagliarducci

Among the most debated paragraphs of the final document from the Synod of Bishops on young people, faith, and vocational... Read more

Pope Francis bowed in prayer in St. Peter's Basilica September 2015.

Pope Francis prays for victims of synagogue shooting

Oct 28, 2018

By Courtney Mares

“May the The Most High welcome the dead in his peace, comfort their families and support the wounded,” Pope Francis... Read more

Prayer at 2018 Synod of Bishops closing Mass Oct. 28.

Synod letter to young people: Our sins must not be an obstacle for your trust

Oct 28, 2018

By Courtney Mares

In a letter read out at the synod closing Mass, bishops wrote to young people “our frailties and sins must... Read more

Bishops inside the synod hall.

Youth synod final report released, addresses gender, sexuality

Oct 27, 2018

By Hannah Brockhaus

The final report of the fifteenth general session of the Synod of Bishops, held on the topics of young people,... Read more

Bishops at the 2018 synod of bishops.

A synod summary from the Polish synod fathers – Oct 25

Oct 26, 2018

On the morning of October 25th , the Synod Fathers went on a pilgrimage ad Petri Sedem.  Read more

Archbishop Eoman Martin of Armagh at an Oct. 26 Vatican press briefing.

Youth need constancy from the Church, not change, says Irish archbishop

Oct 26, 2018

By Hannah Brockhaus

In a world of constant change, young people need the Church to be a source of stability and consistent teaching,... Read more

Briana Santiago, synod youth auditor.

What Pope Francis says about women and the youth synod

Oct 25, 2018

By Hannah Brockhaus

Women, including religious and consecrated women, have had an active role in the 2018 synod of bishops: they have listened... Read more

Bishop Andrew Nkea Fuanya and Cardinal Reinhard Marx at a Vatican press briefing, Oct. 24, 2018.

Cameroon bishop says Africa offers synod an example

Oct 24, 2018

By Courtney Mares

While European bishops discuss how to bring young people back to the Church at the 2018 Synod of Bishops, one... Read more

Archbishop Stanislaw Gadecki. Photo courtesy of the Polish bishops' conference

A synod summary from the Polish synod fathers – Oct 24

Oct 24, 2018

The morning session on October 24th began with the organization of the Bishops’ pilgrimage ad Petri Sedem, which will take... Read more

Bishops exit the synod hall in Vatican City during the 2018 Synod of Bishops.

Analysis: Will LGBT debate define the youth synod?

Oct 23, 2018

By Ed Condon

As the fifteenth ordinary general session of the Synod of Bishops draws to a close in Rome, the proposed text... Read more

Young people pray in Centro San Lorenzo on St. John Paul II's feast day 2018.

Young people pray for St. John Paul II’s intercession during youth synod

Oct 23, 2018

By Courtney Mares

The adoration holy hour on Saint John Paul II’s feast day included meditations on the pope’s Gospel reflections in St.... Read more

Pope Francis celebrates Mass in St. Peter's Square for the opening of the 15th Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops on Oct. 3, 2018.

'What is a youth?' A synod glossary

Oct 22, 2018

By Courtney Mares

The 15th ordinary Synod of Bishops is meeting now to discuss young people, the faith, and vocational discernment. Many have... Read more

Archbishop David Macaire at a Vatican press conference Oct. 22.

Synod bishop: 'John Paul II guided me through my youth'

Oct 22, 2018

By Courtney Mares

On the feast of Saint John Paul II, one synod bishop reflected on how the Polish pope inspired generations of... Read more

Synod of Bishops, 2018.

Global Catholic tech: Online Arabic catechetical program unites Middle East Catholics

Oct 21, 2018

By Courtney Mares

A bishop from Lebanon shared at the 2018 Synod of Bishops how his online catechesis program in Arabic has helped... Read more