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2018 Synod needs input from all young people, not just Catholics, cardinal says

April 11, 2017

Cardinal Lorenzo Baldesseri, the secretary-general of the Synod of Bishops, says that Pope Francis wants input from all of the world’s young people—not just Catholics—in preparation for the 2018 Synod meeting.

The Synod office is currently collecting ideas for the 2018 assembly, which will focus on youth and vocation. Cardinal Baldisseri says that the ideas of young people are particularly important, and the Synod office hopes to include “all young people in the world, not just Catholics or Christians, but also those of other faiths or religions, and even those who are non-believers.”

“The idea is to reach all young people, or at least the greatest number possible,” the cardinal says.

In January, the Synod office announced that a questionnaire, designed to attract the attention of young people, would be posted on the Vatican web site by the beginning of March. That site——has not yet become active.


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  • Posted by: feedback - Apr. 12, 2017 2:37 PM ET USA

    It's hard to see any sense in such concept for a Catholic Synod. Is this meant to expose non Catholics to our Faith? If so, then it could be considered proselytizing. And how would a handful of random people represent the vast non Catholic part of world's population? Or, is this meant to expose Catholic youth to non Catholic ideas? If that is the case, then TV is doing it already 24/7. This idea looks to me as confused as "celebrating" anniversary of the Reformation or washing feet of Muslims.

  • Posted by: bernie4871 - Apr. 11, 2017 7:57 PM ET USA

    So inclusive. Isn't that nice. They must really care.

  • Posted by: jackbene3651 - Apr. 11, 2017 6:36 PM ET USA

    That's one way of diluting the Catholic voice of Catholic youth.