International Youth Forum meets to continue work of Synod
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Nearly 250 young adults will meet in Rome this week for the International Youth Forum to discuss how best to implement ideas from the 2018 Synod of Bishops in their home dioceses.
Vatican City, (CNA) -Citing Pope Francis' urging in Christus Vivit that "young people themselves are agents of youth ministry," the Vatican Dicastery for Laity, Family and Life invited young adults from 109 countries to participate in the forum June 19-22.
Isabella McCafferty was selected by the New Zealand Catholic Bishops Conference to participate in the International Youth Forum this week. She called Christus Vivit "a constant source of encouragement in my own faith journey and inspired me in my ministry."
"The challenge of course now is how to enable its richness to reach those who need to hear the heart of the document," McCafferty said June 18.
Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia, who is chairman of the U.S. bishops' conference Committee on Laity, Marriage, Family Life and Youth, said he was "grateful" that Pope Francis was continuing the conversations begun at the synod last year and that the forum in Rome was part of an "important dialogue."
Brian Rhude and Brenda Noriega are two of the young adult leaders who have been asked to represent the United State at the forum.
Rhude, a student of Theology at The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., studied at the Catholic University campus in Rome during the Fall 2018 semester, which coincided with the Synod on Young People. He attended the synod as a media correspondent for the Catholic Apostolate Center.
Noriega is the current coordinator of young adult ministry in the Diocese of San Bernardino, Ca, and also serves on the USCCB's National Advisory Team on Young Adult Ministry.
Last year, Noriega was co-leader of the bishop and young adult encounter at the V Encuentro national event held in Texas.
All the "youth delegates," who are between the ages of 18 to 29, will listen to talks and panels on synodality, pastoral ministry, and vocational discernment. They will also meet in groups to consider how to apply the post-synodal apostolic exhortation Christus Vivit to their local youth ministries.
Pope Francis published Christus Vivit, a 50-page letter to "all Christian young people," April 2 following the Synod of Bishops on young people, faith, and vocational discernment which took place Oct. 3-28.
In Christus Vivit Pope Francis addressed the obstacles to faith and personal fulfulment faced by young people today, such as isolation, over-consumption of media, and addiction to drugs and pornography. Do not let the world "rob you of hope and joy, or drug you into becoming a slave to their interests," Francis said.
"You need to realize one basic truth: being young is not only about pursuing fleeting pleasures and superficial achievements. If the years of your youth are to serve their purpose in life, they must be a time of generous commitment, whole-hearted dedication, and sacrifices that are difficult but ultimately fruitful."
On the final day of the International Youth Forum, Cardinal Kevin Farrell, prefect of the Dicastery for Laity, Family, and Life will celebrate Mass in St. Peter's Basilica with the young participants, after which they will meet Pope Francis.
"I think Pope Francis offers a very personal invitation to young people to return to what is most essential: an encounter daily with the love of God and the living person of Christ," McCafferty said.
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