“It is not enough to listen to young people and define them as the ‘future of the Church’ or the ‘sentinels of the future’. We do not have to consider and see them as a theological category or an external entity, but as a component of today’s Church, as actors and protagonists, here and now”. Enzo Bianchi, the founder of the monastic community of Bose, wrote this in an article published in the April issue of “Pastoral Life”, disclosed to SIR news agency. “We must think of them in the ‘us’ of the Church. And also be careful when we “commonly” say things such as ‘the Church and young people’, ‘the Church speaks to young people’. If anything, ‘young people are the missing piece of the Church’”, he added, quoting Fr. Armando Matteo. Referring to the preparatory document of the forthcoming Synod, Enzo Bianchi explained that the text “calls on young people to ‘be protagonists’ and ‘capable of creating new opportunities’, so as to indicate new lifestyles and paths of evangelisation to the whole Church”. “Only mutual listening, exchange and dialogue between all the components of the people of God – he added – can trigger a process of ‘inclusion’ of new generations into the Church”. The founder of the Bose Community also indicated “the challenge for the forthcoming Synod”, which, “not by chance, as desired by Pope Francis”, is “preceded by preparatory meetings of young people who are called to speak out and be part of that ‘conversion’ which the Pope asks of the whole Church”: “Listening to them today, in their present, is the precondition for switching from a pastoral care ‘for young people’ to a pastoral care ‘with young people’”. According to Enzo Bianchi, “the time to summon young people and wait for them to come is over: we must reach out, go where they are, where they live”. “Young people thirst for personal meetings, for face-to-face dialogues – he concluded -, especially in a social context dominated by virtual reality. They want to be ‘acknowledged’, each in their own individuality, each on their own journey, in their search for the meaning and fullness of life”.