VATICAN CITY (CNS) – Pope Francis will issue a document on “young people, faith and vocational discernment” five months after the world Synod of Bishops gathered in October to discuss the topic.
The Vatican announced Feb. 24 that the pope will present his post-synodal apostolic exhortation March 25, the feast of the Annunciation, during a visit to the Shrine of Our Lady of Loreto near Italy’s central Adriatic coast. The synod brought together more than 300 bishops, religious men and women, lay leaders and young people from around the world.
At the end of the meeting, the voting members – mostly bishops – issued a long document summarizing their discussions and urging all Catholics, at all levels of the church’s life, to improve the way they listen to young people, taking their questions seriously, recognizing them as full church members, patiently walking with them and offering guidance as they discern how to live their faith.
The synod itself and the final document looked at how, in many parts of the world, young people are abandoning the church or question its teachings, especially on sexuality.