Catholic Communications, Sydney Archdiocese,
20 Mar 2018
“Young people are not satisfied with simple answers… young people are seeking depth,” Angela Markas, a young Melbourne woman and Australia’s delegate to the Pre-Synod Gathering of Young People, told those gathered at a pre-synod session held yesterday in Rome. Pope Francis was amongst the 300 people present to hear Ms Markas’ insights into life as a young Catholic in Australia.
Ms Markas, a Chaldean Catholic of Iraqi heritage, was chosen to represent young Australian Catholics at the preparatory meeting for the upcoming Synod of Bishops on Young People, the Faith and Vocational Discernment. The Church in Australia will be represented at the Synod in October by Sydney’s Archbishop Anthony Fisher OP and Melbourne Auxiliary Bishop Mark Edwards OMI.
Before the delegates spoke, Pope Francis told them that their contribution was “indispensable” and encouraged them to leave their shyness at the door and “speak bravely” to those present. He assured them that their views would be taken seriously.
The Pre-Synod Gathering of Young People is being held from 19-24 March, and will result in the production of a document expressing the views of young Catholics from around the world, their feelings and their recommendations, to be presented to the Synodal Fathers.
You can watch Ms Markas’ full address to the gathering below.