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A consultative Youth workshop on the forth coming Synod on the Youth has been held in Zambia.

The workshop which attracted 20 participants from various dioceses and the National Movement for Catholic Youth Students was held from 20st to 22nd August, 2017 at the Salesian Fathers’ facility in Lusaka’s Bauleni area. And Zambia Conference of Catholic Bishops (ZCCB) National Youth Coordinator Sr. Chanda Nsofwa, SFO has reiterated that the Church does not what to work for the youth but to work with them. Sr. Chanda emphasized that through the Synod on the Youth, the Church wants to examine itself on how to announce the joy of the Gospel to the youths of today's world. She added that the Church desires to journey with the youths in evangelisation, a reason why such a workshop has been held so that the young people can be consulted and have an input into the Synod of the Youth. Explaining more, Sr. Nsofwa mentioned that the results from young people's discussions and answers to the provided questionnaire will later on be included as material for the working document for the 2018 Synod on the Youth. The 15th general assembly of Bishops which has been announced by Pope Francis wants to embrace all the youth including non-Catholics who the Holy Father has said that they too have a role to play in the reflections on the challenges youths are facing in our times. In this regard among the 20 youth participants in this meeting there is one non-Catholic, who belongs to one of the Pentecostal Churches. Pope Francis has dedicated the 15th Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops to be focused on the theme of "Young People, the Faith, and Vocational Discernment." It will be held in Rome in October 2018 under the theme: “Synod 2018 On Young People, The Faith, And Vocational Discernment.” The theme is “an expression of the pastoral care of the Church for the young. [It is consistent] with the results of the recent Synod assemblies on the family and with the content of the post-Synodal apostolic exhortation Amoris Laetitia. Its aim is to accompany the young on their existential journey to maturity so that, through a process of discernment, they discover their plan for life and realize it with joy, opening up to the encounter with God and with human beings, and actively participating in the edification of the Church and of society,” Pope Francis noted.

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