Archbishop Charles Scicluna, Archbishop of Malta, is a Synod Father at the Synod of Bishops on ‘Young People, Faith and Vocational Discernment’.
He speaks to us about how the international meeting of Catholic Bishops, young people and advisors is examining the aspirations of our youth in context with the challenges they face – their hopes and anxieties.
Archbishop Scicluna says it’s not about meeting bishops but about meeting young people – who have a strong call to holiness and love.
Whilst he admits to looking forward to the Synod’s final document, he says that “documents won’t change the world” and that the fruits will be more the renewal of “pastoral initiatives for young people in the local churches”.
The Archbishop also said that the Synod Fathers will publish a letter specifically addressed to young people.
Prior to his installation as Archbishop of Malta, Archbishop Scicluna served as a senior Vatican official for many years – notably as Promoter of Justice in the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.