January 15, 2017
Pope Francis has written a letter to young people as the Church prepares for an October 2018 Synod of Bishops on the theme: “Young People, the Faith and Vocational Discernment”
The following is an excerpt from that letter:
In Krakow, at the opening of the last World Youth Day, I asked you several times: “Can we change things?” And you shouted: “yes!”. That shout came from your young and youthful hearts, which do not tolerate injustice and cannot bow to a “throw-away culture” nor give in to the globalization of indifference. Listen to the cry arising from your inner selves! Even when you feel, like the prophet Jeremiah, the inexperience of youth, God encourages you to go where He sends you: “Do not be afraid, […], because I am with you to deliver you” (Jer 1:8).
A better world can be built also as a result of your efforts, your desire to change and your generosity. Do not be afraid to listen to the Spirit who proposes bold choices; do not delay when your conscience asks you to take risks in following the Master. The Church also wishes to listen to your voice, your sensitivities and your faith; even your doubts and your criticism. Make your voice heard…
To read the entire letter go to: http://en.radiovaticana.va/news/2017/01/13/pope_letter_to_young_people_for_synod_on_vocational_discernm/1285408