Synod 2018 on young people

Posted on Nov 2, 2018

One of the most important events of October was the Synod of Bishops from around the world, held in Rome, with a significant focus on the theme of young people.
Talking about generations – no matter what, children, young people, adults, the elderly – the risk is always to fall into clichés. From “it is no longer as in my days” of those having … a certain age, to “you cannot understand” of those who look at the world from above (or from below?) of their young age. The reality is that every age hides its own challenges and its treasures, without which the world would lose an immense patrimony. For this reason, the Synod and us all aim to look at young people as a wealth and a unique resource for this historical moment, so as to enhance the gift of every one, within the common human journey. First of all, Caritas cares about the role that young people, every young person, can contribute to change world. This is a matter that primarily affects us adults. Perhaps someone reminds one of the key phrases of Pope Francis’ encyclical “Laudato si”, which was one of the key sentence to interpret the Vatican pavilion at Astana Expo 2017: “What kind of world do we want to leave to those who come after us, to children who are now growing up?”. The change, necessary to leave a better world to children and grandchildren, must start today. We can do it right with them; starting with small gestures as well as to more ambitious projects that see us engaged together toward the construction of a more just and fraternal world.
“Volunteering” is the second matter we particularly care about. All over the world, volunteers are the vital heart of many humanitarian and charitable projects. The time has come for us here too, to offer young people the responsibility to play the key role of the changes that society expects. Pope Benedict wrote that “Love—caritas—will always prove necessary, even in the most just society. There is no ordering of the State so just that it can eliminate the need for a service of love” (Deus Caritas Est, n. 28.b). We are studying methods and times for events that involve the young people of our villages, our cities where they can act in the lead role of these changes.

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