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Taking the Pulse: Youth, Faith and Vocations

In October 2018, bishops from around the world gathered in Rome for a Synod. The topic of this meeting was “Young People, the Faith and Vocational Discernment”.

Proclaiming the joy of the Gospel is the mission of the Church and all the synods are geared towards this mission. With the Synod on youth the Church wanted to see how she can better lead young people to recognize and accept the call to the fullness of life and love, and to ask young people to help in identifying the most effective ways to announce the Good News today.

And so, the Church around the world was asked to speak to young people. We began that process here at S+L in October 2017, with a forum with young people in Toronto, Vancouver, Calgary, Windsor, Montreal and Quebec City.

With Taking the Pulse we want to continue those conversations with more young people.

It is our hope that, by listening to young people, the Church will once again hear the Lord speaking in today’s world and can glimpse the paths the Church is called to follow.


Why would you become a Catholic?
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There are many reasons why young people feel attracted to the Catholic Church. Do they feel that the Church answers some of their fundamental questions? Do they feel that the Church addresses their needs? Is it the sense of belonging, or is it the Teachings? Is it the Ritual or is it the Mass?

Is the Church for Everyone?
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Do we see the Catholic Church as the Church for Catholics or can we say that it’s the Catholic Church for everyone? Is the Pope the Catholic Pope for the whole world, or is he just the Pope for Catholics? How do those outside of the Church in other faiths see the Catholic Church?

Social Media and the Church
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The Pre-synodal document made mention of how the Church needs to be better at using the Internet and social media in order to evangelize. This Synod was the first to have a social media team. This week we speak to two of their members.

Does the Church need young priests?
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We tend to think that when the Church speaks about youth or young people they mean adolescents, but many of these young people are adults. They are professionals and they are parents. Some of them are even priests!

What can the church do differently in reaching young people?
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There are many lay movements and associations in the Church that aim to help people in their spiritual journeys. Many of them are dedicated to working with youth. One of them is Jesus Youth.

What’s your take on the pre-synod’s final document?
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At the end of the pre-synod of young people last March, the delegates released a document summarizing the results of their meeting. The document will contribute to the Instrumentum laboris, or working document, for the Synod of Bishops in October 2018, on “Young people, the faith and vocational discernment”. It was received with some criticism. We attempt to address some of these concerns and offer keys to understanding the final document..

Rachel and Darryl: What's the hardest thing about being young today?
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Coming out of High school and going into university is a very exciting time for many young people. At the same time, having the prospect of your whole life ahead of you can be extremely terrifying. Darryl and Rachel are still in University and struggling to see how their faith can help guide them as they make their way in the world as adults.

Emilie: Feature Interview with Pre-Synod Delegate Emilie Callan
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300 young people from around the world participated in a meeting in Rome to share their input with the Synod of Bishops on where young people are at today. Emilie Callan, producer and ambassador of Salt + Light Television, was one of two delegates representing Canada. She speaks about her experience in Rome and what came out of the week-long meeting.

Dominic and Jasmine: Do you worry about the future?
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Dominic and Jasmine are two young adults who have hopes and dreams for their future. Dominic is new in the Catholic Faith. Jasmine has been in the Faith all her life, yet they have similar fears and desires for their future.

T.J. and Chrisandra: How important is God in your life?
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How can two people with the same upbringing end up with completely different beliefs? This is the main question that Deacon Pedro asks T.J. and Chrisandra. They are a brother and sister who grew up in a Catholic household. As adults, she is active in her faith, was a campus missionary and works as a Campus Minister. He is not active in his faith and is not even sure he believes in God.

Noah and Martha: How do you make big decisions?
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How young is too young to get married? This is the question that Deacon Pedro asks Noah and Martha, ages 20 and 21. They speak about their faith, their fears, their hopes and how they make big decisions in life.