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‘Make your voice heard’ | Pope Francis says 2018 Synod of Bishops focused on youth needs young people’s input

Pope Francis waved as he arrived for a welcoming ceremony at the 2016 World Youth Day at Blonia Park in Krakow, Poland. As the Catholic Church prepares for a meeting of the Synod of Bishops focused on youth, the pope wrote a letter to young people saying the Church wants “to listen to your voice, your sensitivities and your faith, even your doubts and your criticism.”

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis asked young people to tell him, their bishops and pastors about their hopes and struggles and even their criticisms.

In preparation for a meeting of the Synod of Bishops focused on youth, the pope wrote a letter to young people, saying the Church wants "to listen to your voice, your sensitivities and your faith, even your doubts and your criticism."

"Make your voice heard," the pope told young people. "Let it resonate in communities and let it be heard by your shepherds of souls."

THE CATHOLIC DIFFERENCE | A look at the 'Relatio Finalis' of the Synod of Bishops

George Weigel

More than a month and a half has passed since the extraordinary Synod of Bishops on the Family finished its work. Yet there is still no official translation of the synod's "Relatio Finalis," or final report, into the major world languages from the original Italian.

Synod report urges 'accompaniment' tailored to family situations

Pope Francis talked with Cardinal Lorenzo Baldisseri, general secretary of the Synod of Bishops, as he left a session of the synod Oct. 24 at the Vatican.

VATICAN CITY -- While not specifically mentioning the controversial proposal of a path toward full reconciliation and Communion for the divorced and civilly remarried, members of the Synod of Bishops on the family handed Pope Francis a report emphasizing an obligation to recognize that not all Catholics in such a situation bear the same amount of blame.

Pope calls for 'synodal' Church where all listen, learn, share mission

Pope Francis prepared to speak at an event marking the 50th anniversary of the Synod of Bishops Oct. 17 in Paul VI hall at the Vatican. The pope outlined his vision for how the entire Church must be “synodal,” with everyone listening to each other, learning from each other and taking responsibility for proclaiming the Gospel. From left are Cardinals Peter Erdo of Esztergom-Budapest, Hungary, Andre Vingt-Trois of Paris, Luis Antonio Tagle of Manila, and Wilfrid Napier of Durban, South Africa.

VATICAN CITY -- Marking the 50th anniversary of the Synod of Bishops, Pope Francis outlined his vision for a Church that is "synodal" at every level, with everyone listening to one another, learning from one another and taking responsibility for proclaiming the Gospel.

"The journey of synodality is the journey that God wants from His Church in the third millennium," the pope said Oct. 17. "A synodal Church is a listening Church, aware that listening is more than hearing. It is a reciprocal listening in which each one has something to learn."

Family synod midterm report: Calls for greater acceptance and appreciation

Pope Francis and prelates prayed at the start of the morning session of the extraordinary Synod of Bishops on the family at the Vatican Oct. 9.

VATICAN CITY -- In strikingly conciliatory language on situations contrary to Catholic teaching, an official midterm report from the Synod of Bishops on the family emphasized calls for greater acceptance and appreciation of divorced and remarried Catholics, cohabitating couples and homosexuals.

Pope tells bishops at family synod to speak fearlessly, listen humbly

Byzantine Catholic Archbishop William C. Skurla of Pittsburgh, right, and other bishops attended a Mass celebrated by Pope Francis to open the extraordinary Synod of Bishops on the family in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican Oct. 5

VATICAN CITY -- Pope Francis opened the first working session of an extraordinary Synod of Bishops Oct. 6, urging participants to speak fearlessly and listen humbly during two weeks of discussion of the "pastoral challenges of the family."

Hungarian Cardinal Peter Erdo of Esztergom-Budapest then outlined some of the major challenges the bishops would discuss, including such controversial topics as cohabitation, divorce, birth control and the impact of social and economic pressures.

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