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Pre-Synod Gathering delegates present summary document to Pope Francis

CNS Photo: Pope Francis with young people in RomeAs part of preparations for the October Synod on Young People, the Faith and Vocational Discernment, from March 19-24 over 300 young people from nations around the world, gathered in Rome, and over 15,000 young people, mobilized through social media, took part in a Pre-Synod Gathering.
 
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The results of their conversations and responses to questions concerning identity, the future, diversity, faith, vocation, technology and more that week were distilled into a summary document which was released on March 24 and presented to Pope Francis on Palm Sunday, March 25. The results will be merged into the "Instrumentum laboris," the document on which the Synodal Fathers will meet in October.
 

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Background on the Synod

To help Pope Francis and the Bishops prepare for the October 2018 Synod, they asked both Catholic and non-Catholic young people to share their experiences. This was accomplished through an online survey (now closed) and listening sessions which took place in our diocese and around the world during 2017.
 
Survey and listening session responses gathered in our diocese were organized into a working document by our bishop and diocesan staff members. That information was submitted to the U.S. Bishops who, in turn, provided it to the pope. By September 2017, a seminar of studies was organized to listen to the conditions of the life of young people; it included experts and youth who will aid in the preparation of the Synod. 
 
The summary produced from the March 2018 Pre-Synodal Meeting will be delivered to the pope on Sunday, March 25. It will be combined with the other contributions received - input from the global consulations and the online survey - and become part of the Instrumentum laboris, the document which will serve as the basis for discussions taking place for three weeks during the October 2018 Synod in Rome. 
  
Jesus looks at you and invites you to go with him. Dear young people, have you noticed this look towards you? Have you heard this voice? Have you felt this urge to undertake this journey?
- Pope Francis -