Synod, Youth Pastoral Care

Synod: publication of the Lineamenta and new questionnaire The Secretariat of the 14th General Ordinary Assembly of the Synod of Bishops, scheduled for October 4-25 2015, has published the related “Lineamenta” themed: “The vocation and mission of the Family n the Church and in the contemporary world”. The “Lineamenta”, namely, the first document of the Assembly, as indicated by Pope Francis at the conclusion of the III Extraordinary Assembly (October 18 2014), basically consists in the “Relatio Synodi”, drafted by the same Assembly. The General Secretariat of the Synod made known that “in order to facilitate the reception of the Synod document and enable in-depth reflection of the themes addresses therein”, a “set of questions, annexed to the Relatio, will accompany the Synod process undertaken so far thereby furthering the compilation of the ensuing Instrumentum laboris of the next Ordinary Assembly”. In its present form the Document will be sent (for the time being in its original Italian) to the Bishops’ Conferences, Synods of “sui iuris” Eastern Catholic Churches, the Union of Religious Superiors and dicasteries of the Roman Curia. “Over the coming days they will receive the document translated into the most-commonly used languages”. The aforementioned Church organisms will “be able to select the best ways to ensure reception and further in-depth reflection on the Relation Synodi, with the involvement of the various components of the particular Churches and Academic institutions, lay associations and religious bodies, with the purpose of promoting widespread consultation on the family in accordance with the orientations and spirit of the Synod”. The outcomes of the consultations will be sent to the General Secretariat of the Synod of Bishops by April 15 2015 “so it may be examined and enhanced in the preparations of the Instrumentum Laboris that will be published before the summer”. The Bishops’ Conferences and the various ecclesial bodies are invited to “accompany the synodal process with dedicated moments of prayer and celebration for the family, ahead of the next Assembly”, notably on the occasion of the upcoming liturgical celebration of the Holy Family December 28. Youth Pastoral Care: European meeting in Rome “How beautiful it is to see that young people are ‘street preachers’ (callejeros de la fe), joyfully bringing Jesus to every street, every town square and every corner of the earth!”: it’s a passage of the Apostolic Exhortation of Pope Francis, “Evangelii Gaudium” that the Pontifical Council for the Laity, in cooperation with the Council of Bishops’ Conferences of Europe (CCEE) intends to promote on the occasion of the fourth European Conference of Youth Pastoral Care, thereby giving renewed impetus to this traditional meeting and to the cooperation between European pastoral care workers developed in the 1990s. The first meeting of the kind, “Together along the streets of Europe”, took place in Rome in 1994 and promoted a joint reflection among national coordinators of youth pastoral care to address the challenges faced in the accompaniment of young people in the path of faith in the European continent. The meeting, titled “A Young Church, witness of the joy of the Gospel”, will be held in Rome from Thurs. 11 through Sat. 13 at the International Pontifical College Maria Mater Ecclesiæ. The Conference will be attended by 130 participants, including delegates from 32 European countries – from Albania to Hungary – representing twenty Catholic movements, associations and international Catholic communities. Cardinal Stanislaw Rylko, president of the Pontifical Council for the Laity, and Angelo Bagnasco, vice President of CCEE, will deliver the opening speeches. Panel lectures and testimonies will be delivered by, inter alia, Monsignor Xavier Novell i Gomà, Bishop of Solsona (Spain), Bishop Donal McKeown, Bishop of Derry (Ireland), Sister Nathalie Becquart, director of the National Service for Youth Ministry (France ), and Father Michel Remery, deputy General Secretary of CCEE.

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