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All Is Ready to Begin the Pre-Synod with Young People in the Vatican

Pope Francis Will Spend Monday Morning, March 19, with Young People at PCIMME, Where JPII Stepped Foot 20 Years Ago

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The Pre-Synod on young people is all ready to begin. Pope Francis will ‘open’ the encounter, deciding to spend the morning of March 19 to be with young people, reported Vatican News.
It is interesting to recall that the Maria Mater Ecclesiae International Pontifical College, where the Pre-Synod will be held, received 20 years ago, on March 19, the visit of John Paul II, “great promoter of youth.”
It’s another gesture of closeness, demonstrating the Church’s interest to listen to and to give young people an opportunity to express their concerns, to find the way of supporting them.
During his visit to Mexico, the Holy Father gave one of the great definitions of youth during his trip to Mexico, when he said to them: “You are the wealth of your country.”

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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, often from the Papal Flight (including for historic trips such as to Abu Dhabi and Japan & Thailand), and has also asked him questions on the return-flight press conference on behalf of the English-speaking press present. Lubov has done much TV & radio commentary, including for NBC, Sky, EWTN, BBC, Vatican Radio, AP, Reuters and more. She also has contributed to various books on the Pope and has written for various Catholic publications. For 'The Other Francis': or

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