In a video message sent out on Wednesday, Cardinal Mario Grech, Secretary General of the Synod of Bishops, tells American university students to “Be wise” and “Ask the right questions!”
Meeting in the US
His message comes one day before University students from across the American continent are set to gather at Loyola University in Chicago to hold a synodal meeting entitled “Building Bridges” with Pope Francis. Ahead of the event, Cardinal Grech stressed to the students, “You have a future, you have a vision, you have a project and I assume that you have also your fears whether you will see your dreams, your visions completed. But please you need to be wise”.
The Cardinal continued by saying that “this excercise is taking place in a particular moment of the life of the Church”, and explained that “the Church is convoked in a synod”. What does this mean?” asked the Cardinal. His answer: It means “that the Church is listening to the questions of the People of God. The Church itself is making questions. So I really hope that this exercise will also contribute to this synodal process of the Church”.
He concluded with an appeal: “You can take part more directly in this synodal exercise, in this first phase which we call the consultation phase, by taking part in this process in your particular Churches”.
Follow the meeting
The meeting is being promoted by Loyola University of Chicago with the collaboration of the Pontifical Commission for Latin America.
The organization was entrusted to the Hank Centre for Catholic Intellectual Heritage, the Institute of Pastoral Studies, and the Department of Theology at Loyola University. University students representing the entire American continent will participate, but anyone can register through the following link: https://www.luc.edu/popefrancis.
The meeting will be streamed live in Spanish, English, and Portuguese at the same address, https://www.luc.edu/popefrancis.