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How youth can participate in Pre-Synodal Meeting


Pope Francis announced that all young people will have the opportunity to participate in the Pre-Synodal Meeting. Those not among the hundreds who will exchange ideas in Rome in late March will still be able to do so via social media. 

The office for the Synod of Bishops has organized various groups and designated 15 hashtags to serve as guides for discussion. Each hashtag is accompanied by a text on the Synod's website to aid in reflection and debate across Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.

On the latter, young people wanting to give their input must register in advance for one of the groups, which can be found on both the Synod's website and Facebook page. Contributors must be between the ages of 16 and 29, and their profiles must be “real and personal.”

The questions to be posed during the Pre-Synodal Meeting will be posted on the groups on March 12, at which point youth who've been added may begin responding. Answers are limited to 200 words and must contain “respectful and friendly language.”

In an attempt to involve even more young people who may not be active on social media, Pre-Synodal organizers are inviting WhatsApp users to send one-minute video responses to a special number. 

Feedback on these various platforms will later be compiled and summarized in the working document that bishops will use during the Synod in October 2018. In this way, Pope Francis aims to ensure all young voices are heard at the encounter he so eagerly awaits.