RMG - #sym4synod: Salesian Youth Movement alongside Synod of Bishops 2018

31 January 2018

(ANS - Rome) - If 2018 was recently defined by the media as "the year of young people", it is certainly also due to the XV Ordinary Assembly of the Synod of Bishops, to be held in Rome, 3-28 October, 2018,  dedicated, by the will of Pope Francis, to "Youth, faith and vocational discernment." The Salesian Youth Movement (SYM) walks with and alongside the Church towards this important universal appointment.

In recent months, SYM groups have participated, where present, in the consultations of the dioceses and bishops' conferences and have sent the online questionnaire published by the Secretariat of the Synod last June to young people around the globe. The answers and data collected will contribute to the writing of the Instrumentum Laboris of the Synod, the instrument to guide the work of the Synod Fathers.

The document, whose publication is expected in June, will be inspired by the Preparatory Document and will include the contributions collected thanks to the responses of the Episcopal Conferences and the Religious Unions, to the International Seminar on Youth Condition organized by the Synod Secretariat in September 2017 and finally, the so-called "Pre-Synodal Meeting" - a true novelty of this Synod, which will on March 19-24, 2018,  in Rome about 300 young people from different realities, not just Catholic, to listen directly to the voice of the young. The Salesian Youth Movement will also be present on this occasion.

In view of these events, on the day when St. John Bosco is remembered, SYM reaffirms its commitment to walking with the Church by launching the hashtag #sym4synod. SYM is the English acronym of Salesian Youth Movement and they mean to propose a single international hashtag to support the official #Synod2018 in all the stories (photos, videos, articles, reports) on the stages of approaching the Synod that the SYM groups will publish on social media over the next few months.

The aim is to support, not to replace: not to create parallel channels of communication, but rather to infect with Salesian joy the communicative flow that will invest this world event. The message is simple: "SYM-MGS for the Synod", the Salesian Youth Movement at the service of the Synodal journey of the whole Church, so that the Good News will reach all young people.

To find out more about the synodal journey and to share what each SYM group across the globe will live in approach to the October Synod, the appointment is online: #sym4synod #Synod2018



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