Pope Francis Message To Canadian Youth
Special Televised Event on Salt + Light TV
Original Air Date: October 22, 2017
Salt + Light TV presents a nationally televised forum with young Canadians, Cardinal Kevin Farrell and Pope Francis to prepare for the October 2018 Synod of Bishops on Youth.
From Salt + Light’s new studio in Toronto, join hosts Cardinal Kevin Farrell, Julian Paparella and Emilie Callan, plus youth groups and bishops from six Canadian cities. Engaging dialogue around the challenges, issues, questions, and needs of young people in the Catholic church.
"Dear young people of Canada, my hope for you is that your meeting should be like that of the first disciples, that the beauty of a life realized in following the Lord might open wide before you."
Pope Francis, October, 2017
Cardinal Kevin Farrell
12 THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW
about the Youth Synod at the Vatican in October 2018
Pope Francis has dedicated the 15th Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops to the theme of “Young People, the Faith, and Vocational Discernment“. Here are answers to the most frequently asked questions about the 2018 Synod.
The President of the Synod is the current Holy Father, Pope Francis. The Synod also has a General Secretary, who is currently Italian Cardinal Lorenzo Baldisseri. Check out the Witness Interview with Cardinal Baldisseri
Several hundred bishops participate in the synod, elected by the bishops’ conferences of each country. Other participants include the heads of Eastern Catholic Churches, members of religious institutes, cardinals who head Vatican offices and special papal appointees. Although they have no voting role, lay men and women are often participants too. For example, during the recent synod on the family, there were 18 married couples.
Pope Francis chose as the October 2018 Ordinary Synod topic: “Young People, the Faith and Vocational Discernment.” The Pope has clearly stated that the entire Church wants to listen to young people: to what they are thinking, to what they want, to what they criticize and to what they are sorry for. Everything. The Pope wants the Church to examine herself on how she can lead young people to recognize and accept the call to the fullness of life and love, and to ask young people to help her in identifying the most effective way to announce the Good News today.
Three key words guide young people in their own discernment: “to recognize”, “to interpret” and “to choose.” These three verbs summarize the essence of “vocational discernment.” “To recognize” is to look within oneself; “to interpret” is to see what is both positive and negative; “to choose” is to make a decision for the good.
“It’s your moment; it’s your time. The whole church is saying to you, the pope is saying to you: Don’t allow the world to control you; you control the world.”
Cardinal Kevin Farrell
What do you hope for at the Synod in 2018?
Some of the program participants discuss their hopes and ideas heading into the October 22nd broadcast.
HAVE YOUR SAY
Record a 30-second video expressing your hope for the Synod in 2018.
Select one question to answer:
1. What are the major issues, questions and desires that young people have for the upcoming Synod?
2. What does a real dialogue with young people mean for the Church?
Deadline: Oct. 5, 2017 at 12pm ET / 9am PT.
Salt and Light may choose your video to feature on our October 22nd broadcast with Cardinal Farrell.>