The preparatory document for the 15th Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops, scheduled to be held in October 2018 on the theme “Youth, faith and vocational discernment,” was presented this morning.
In late November, the second meeting of the 14th Ordinary Council of the Secretariat General of the Synod of Bishops was held, with Pope Francis presiding. During that meeting, the preparatory document was drafted and discussed. Members of the Council expressed their appreciation for the document plan and offered their suggestions to improve it.
The prefects of three dicasteries of the Roman Curia had been invited to attend the meeting on account of their competence regarding the synodal matters: Cardinal João Braz de Aviz, prefect of the Congregation for the Institutes of Consecrated Life and the Societies of Apostolic Life; Cardinal Beniamino Stella, prefect of the Congregation for the Clergy; and Cardinal Kevin Farrell, prefect of the Dicastery for the Laity, Family and Life. At the end of the works, the Holy Father thanked the Members of the Council and the other participants for their contributions and for the spirit of fraternal communion experienced throughout the meeting.