Young people accept the Pope’s challenge: Let your voice be heard

By Margaret Mikiri

In a letter published in January this year, Pope Francis asked the young people to share with him, their bishops and pastors about their hopes and struggles to assist the Church to craft new pastoral ways of ministering to the youths.

The 2018 Synod of Bishops will focus on the youth and the Holy Father said to the young people, “the Church wants to listen to your voice, your sensitivities and your faith, even your doubts and your criticism."

"Make your voice heard,"

"Let it resonate in communities and let it be heard by your shepherds of souls."

The pope's letter was released Jan. 13 along with the preparatory document for the synod. The document includes a series of questions to be answered by national conferences of bishops and other church bodies. The responses, along with input from young people themselves, will form the basis of the synod's working document.

Pope Francis chose "Young people, faith and vocational discernment" as the theme for the synod gathering, which will be held in October 2018.

Tendai Karombo, the National chairperson of the Youth and Vocations expressed her joy on the willingness of the Holy Father and the Church to listen to the voice of the young people especially towards the upcoming Synod.

“It is an invite to set out to the community, the church and the world to work towards the betterment of our future generation, and to be the young people for others,” said Karombo  

Mr Tinotenda Wakabikwa the President of the National Movement of Catholic Students (NMCS) Zimbabwe encouraged other youths that time has come to read the signs of times and journey together with the youths in their troubles, offering viable and sustainable solutions.

“It is a challenge for many youths, especially in the local church (Zimbabwe) to be bold enough to speak to and with the Church because we are young, we should no longer look down upon ourselves.” 

For young people to change their ways their voices should be heard in church.

Simon Mzungu, a member of the Magis Network of Zimbabwe thinks actively participating in the Church gives young people a firm ground. 

“We as youth expect to be heard before we are actively part of the church. So I think we need to be active in the church first, be of an exemplary behaviour and lastly be willing to take up responsivity with tasks that give the youth firm ground in the church” he said. 

 

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