The beginning of the
· Opening Mass to be celebrated by the Pope ·
The Fifteenth Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops, whose theme is “Young People, the Faith, and Vocational Discernment”, will open on Wednesday morning, 3 October, with Pope Francis presiding over the concelebration of the Eucharist in St. Peter’s Square. Cardinals and prelates from all over the world, together with men and women religious, experts and auditors – including 34 young persons between the ages of 18 and 29 -- and fraternal delegates representing other churches and ecclesiastical communities will gather with the Pope to begin a journey that will conclude on 28 October, after 25 days of reflection and discussion.
The schedule for Wednesday afternoon includes the opening of the works in the new Synod Hall with the first General Congregation. Following the greetings of the President Delegate on duty and Pope Francis, Cardinal Lorenzo Baldisseri, Secretary General, and Sérgio da Rocha, General Relator, will give their reports.
This is the first assembly to take place after the recent Apostolic Constitution Episcopalis communio, which was promulgated with the aim of involving ever more the People of God in the synodal experience of the Church, reformulating the structure, tasks and perspectives of the episcopal institution.
St. Peter’s Square
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