General Audience, 30/08/2017, Screenshot CTV

General Audience, Screenshot CTV

Pope Announces Pre-Synodal Meeting of the XV Ordinary General Assembly

March 19-24, 2018, Young People of Various Faiths Will Meet in Rome and Their Conclusions Will Be Transmitted to Synod Fathers

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Pope Francis has announced there will be a Pre-Synodal Meeting of the XV Ordinary General Assembly.
At the conclusion of his General Audience this morning, Oct. 4, 2017, the Pope said: “I would like to announce that from 19 to 24 March 2018, the General Secretariat of the Synod of Bishops convenes a pre-synodal meeting to invite young people from different parts of the world: both young Catholics and young people from different Christian denominations and other religions; not believers.”
This initiative, the Jesuit Pontiff explained, is part of the preparations for the next General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops, which will be on Young People, Faith and Vocation Discernment in October 2018.
“With this journey,” Pope Francis concluded, “the Church wants to listen to the voice, the sensitivity, of faith and also the doubts and criticisms of young people.” 
The conclusions of the March meeting, the Pope said, will be transmitted to the Synod Fathers.”
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Deborah Castellano Lubov

Deborah Castellano Lubov is Senior Vatican & Rome Correspondent for ZENIT; author of 'The Other Francis' ('L'Altro Francesco') featuring interviews with those closest to the Pope and preface by Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Parolin (currently published in 5 languages); Deborah is also NBC & MSNBC Vatican Analyst. She often covers the Pope's travels abroad, at times from the papal flight (including for historic trips such as to Abu Dhabi and Japan & Thailand), and has done television and radio commentary, including for Vatican Radio, Sky, and BBC. She is a contributor to National Catholic Register, UK Catholic Herald, Our Sunday Visitor, Inside the Vatican, and other Catholic news outlets. She has also collaborated with the Vatican in various projects, including an internship at the Pontifical Council for Social Communications, and is a collaborator with NBC Universal, NBC News, Euronews, and EWTN. For 'The Other Francis': or

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