Education to values, the formation of young leaders, immigration, and the Christian ideal – these are some of the topics discussed during the October 16, 2018, session of the Synod of Bishops, mentioned by Archbishop Stanisław Gądecki in his summary.
During the morning session, the third part of the Instrumentum Laboris was discussed. After the introductory speech on the last part of the working document, the participants’ reports on the topics addressed in this part were presented. The interventions highlighted the need for young leaders, the necessary formation of young animators, and drew attention to young peoples’ political interests, which should also be taken into account.
Some interventions also addressed the issue of immigration. “Much has been said about being close to young people coming to our countries from Africa, so that the Church may welcome them with love. Also, so that this may be an occasion to engage in dialogue with Muslims,” noted Archbishop Stanisław Gądecki, the President of the Polish Bishops’ Conference.
During the session, some also spoke about the education of young people. “Not only in terms of the transmission of information but in the sense of education to values. Attention was also paid to the value of catechesis in connection with Lectio Divina, with retreats for young people in the parishes,” said Archbishop Gądecki.
It was pointed out that the young themselves are the most effective witnesses for other young people. The important role of popular piety, which helps to experience religiosity, was recalled too. The question of volunteering, especially on the international level, was also raised.
Attention was drawn to the need for clarity in the transmission of the faith. “It was said that the Church should present the Christian ideal, and not just be immersed in difficulties. She should not renounce to the idealism of the young, because that is what attracts young people the most,” Archbishop Gądecki summed up.