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Synod on Youth a process of "walking together, listening to the Holy Spirit"

CNS Photo: Pope Francis with young people in RomeAfter months of preparation, the 15th Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops, which has as its theme: "Young People, the Faith and Vocational Discernment," is being held Oct. 3-28 at the Vatican.
 
U.S. bishops in attendance are Cardinal Blase Cupich of Chicago, who was appointed by Pope Francis to attend. In addition, Cardinal Daniel DiNardo of Galveston-Houston, president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB); Archbishop José H. Gomez of Los Angeles, vice president of the USCCB; Archbishop Charles J. Chaput of Philadelphia; Bishop Frank J. Caggiano of Bridgeport, Connecticut; and Bishop Robert E. Barron, an auxiliary bishop of Los Angeles,  will attend as delegates elected by the U.S. bishops’ conference. Archbishop William Skurla, leader of the Ruthenian Catholic Archeparchy of Pittsburgh, will participate as an ex officio member of the synod. Cardinal Joseph W. Tobin of Newark was also appointed by Pope Francis to participate in the Synod, but has recently withdrawn his attendance.

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On the official website for the Synod.

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Several of the U.S. Bishop's delegates are tweeting from the Synod. Follow them at: Bishop Caggiano (@BishopCaggiano); Bishop Barron (@BishopBarron); Cardinal Cupich (@CardinalBCupich); and Archbishop Gomez (@ArchbishopGomez).
 
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Background

The preparatory document for the October Synod was presented by Pope Francis in January 2017. During that year, Catholic and non-Catholic young people in our diocese and around the world were invited to share their experiences through online surveys and listening sessions.
 
Survey and listening session responses gathered in our diocese were organized into a working document by Bishop David Walkowiak and diocesan staff members. That information was submitted to the U.S. Bishops who, in turn, provided it to Pope Francis.
 
From March 19-24, 2018, 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. The results of their conversations and responses to questions that week concerning identity, the future, diversity, faith, vocation, technology and more were distilled into the final Pre-Synodal document which was released on March 24 and presented to Pope Francis on Palm Sunday, March 25. 
 
On June 19, 2018, the Instrumentum laboris, on which the Synod of Bishops will meet, was released. The document includes input from the global consultations, online survey, and the Pre-Synod feedback.

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