Instrumentum Laboris for Synod on Young People, Full Text in English, Available
October 03, 2018. Intended to Listen to Young People, Call Them to Holiness
The Instrumentum Laboris for the upcoming Synod on Young People, the working instrument of the October 3-28, 2018 XVth Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops, on the theme “Young people, faith and vocational discernment,” was published June 19, 2018, in Italian. ZENIT has published its full Vatican-provided translation in English, below.
The Instrumentum Laboris, the Cardinal Lorenzo Baldisseri, the Secretary General of the Synod of Bishops highlighted at the Vatican press conference presenting it, noted, the document will serve as a guiding thread for the three weeks of the next synod, so as to “find ways of pastoral and missionary conversion.”
The document, dated May 8, 2018, is composed of three parts which altogether contain 13 chapters, introduction and conclusion.
The “synodal path” started immediately for the writing of the “preparatory document,” published on January 13, 2017, together with Pope Francis’ “Letter to the young people.”
This document contained a “Questionnaire” intended mainly for episcopal conferences, synods of Eastern Catholic Churches, and other organizations of the Church: 15 questions addressed to all, three specific questions for each continent, and a call to share experienced “good practices.”
There were also initiatives to “involve young people,” beginning with an “Online Questionnaire” in different languages â€‹â€‹and also translated by episcopal conferences: some 100,000 young people sent their responses.
There was also the “Pre-synodal Meeting” of young people, in Rome, from March 19-24, 2018, where 300 young people from five continents were physically present, while 15,000 other young people participated in the meeting thanks to social networks. It ended on Palm Sunday, World Youth Day 2018, with the final document prepared by the young people being delivered to Pope Francis.
This initiative, Cardinal Baldisseri noted, demonstrates “the expression of the desire of the Church to listen to all young people without exclusion”.
“The material collected by these four main sources – in addition to the “0bservations “of the Secretariat of the Synod- is certainly very vast. It has been thoroughly analyzed by experts, carefully synthesized, and collected in “The Instrument of Work” approved by the XIV Extraordinary Council of the Secretariat of the Synod of Bishops, in the presence of the Holy Father, ” he said.
Cardinal Baldisseri specified that the text takes up the themes in a “functional” way for the unfolding of the synod: “Recognize” (five chapters), “Interpret” (four chapters for four “reading keys”), “Choose” (four chapters, “to help the Synod Fathers to take a stand on the directions and decisions to be taken”).
The document concludes with “significant attention” to the theme of “holiness” so that the synod will recognize “the most beautiful face of the Church”, as Pope Francis put it in Gaudete et Exsultate” (n.9) and that he knows how to propose it today “to all young people.”