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15th Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops
on the theme
Youth, faith and vocational discernment”,

is to take place in October 2018.

As part of this 15th, Synod the Vatican  launched an online questionnaire to encourage young people to give their views in autumn 2017. By spring 2018  a facebook page was seeking contributions from  Young people : that's 16 -29 year olds

Pope Francis met with more than 300 young representatives from around the world, convened in Rome March 19-24, 2018 at the inaugural Pre-Synodal Meeting of Young People and the participation of 15,000 young people engaged online through the Facebook groups.

They produced a Final Document. It is a statement reflecting the specific realities, personalities, beliefs and experiences of the young people of the world. This document is destined for the Synodal Fathers. This is to give the Bishops a compass, pointing towards a clearer understanding of young people: a navigational aid for the upcoming Bishops’ Synod on “Young People, the Faith, and Vocational Discernment” in October 2018.

The document covers the following topics

Part One

The Challenges and Opportunities of Young People in the World Today


1.            The Formation of Personality

2.            Relationship with Other People

3.            Young People and the Future

4.            Relationship with Technology

5.            Search for Meaning in Life

Part Two

Faith and Vocation, Discernment and Accompaniment

6.            Young People and Jesus

7.            Faith and the Church

8.            The Vocational Sense of Life

9.            Vocational Discernment

10.        Young People and Accompaniment

Part Three

The Church’s Formative and Pastoral Activity


11.        The manner of the Church

12.        Young Leaders

13.        Preferred places

14.        The Initiatives to be Reinforced

15.        Instruments to be used

  • Multimedia
  • Gap Year Experiences
  • The Arts and Beauty
  • Adoration, Meditation and Contemplation
  • Testimony
  • The Synodal Process

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