“We talk together”
“We talk together” is the slogan of the pre-Synodal meeting, attended by 300 young people from around the world. It took place at Pontifical International College Maria Mater Ecclesiae, a seminary in Rome for diocesan seminarians from around the world, directed by the Legionaries of Christ. The meeting is the expression of a Church that wants to listen to young people to respond concretely to their needs.
300 young people from five continents
The young people came from the five continents, they represented all the Episcopal Conferences and also many ecclesial movements and groups of volunteers, other Christian confessions and religions, and those who live in particular situations, from prison to drug addiction.
The presence of Regnum Christi
The Regnum Christi movement was represented by Xavi de Salas who participates as a young lay member and comes from Barcelona, Spain.
Marta Rodríguez, Regnum Christi Consecrated Woman, is among the facilitators of the conversations between the members of the English-speaking group.
To allow the largest number of young people to participate, the Synod organization started a closed Facebook group. The young members, who must be between 19 and 26, can participate directly by answering 15 questions. Three Legionaries of Christ are facilitators of this group, Brothers Javier Ayala, Alejandro de la Garza and Melchior Poisson, moderators for the Spanish, German and English.
Pope Francis opened the proceedings by attending the pre-Synodal meeting on Monday 19 March. The official party greeting him at the entrance of the College included: Card. Lorenzo Baldisseri, general secretary of the Synod of Bishops, Card. Brian Farrell, prefect of the dicastery “Laity, Family and Life,” Bishop Fabio Fabene, Undersecretary of the Synod of Bishops, Fr. Alexandre Awi Mello, I. Sch., organizer of the Synod, Fr. Eduardo Robles Gil, LC, General Director of the Legionaries of Christ, Fr. Michael Ryan, LC rector of the Mater Ecclesiae College, Fr. Manuel Diego, LC, vice-rector, and Fr. Isidro Ramirez, LC, formator the seminarians.
After the introductory speeches, Pope Francis listened to the speeches of the young people, in different languages and answered their questions. The meeting with the Pope was broadcast live and it is possible to review it in full version.
Meeting open to non-believers, contributions from parents and educators
Among the protagonists of the pre-Synod there will also be young non-believers, and there will also be parents, educators, priests, pastoral workers and experts of the youth world, to listen to those who live next to young people and have the tools to read from within the their situation. This will also encourage dialogue between young people and adults.
The pre-Synodal meeting ended on Saturday, March 24th
The results will be presented to the Pope and the bishops at the end of the week and will be the basis for the assembly of the Synod of Bishops dedicated to youth, faith and vocational discernment, scheduled for October 2018 (www.synod2018.va).