Survey to Vatican by young Zealanders sees an outstanding response

New Zealand’s VoicetoVatican survey for Young New Zealanders held over July and August this year has
received almost 2000 responses from throughout the country.

The survey will contribute to a worldwide initiative by Pope Francis to better understand the lives,
attitudes and concerns of young people around the world, in the lead up to the Synod on Young people,
faith and vocational discernment in Rome, October 2018.

Bishop Steve Lowe said “the number of responses reflects a real enthusiasm to be part of an
international conversation with the Catholic Church and for the voice of young people in general, not
just from within the Church, to be heard.”

New Zealanders aged 16 – 29 years old were invited to answer questions and give their opinions around
the Church, challenges and opportunities in their lives and thoughts on vocation. The survey closed
early Monday morning, 28 August. Results will now be analysed and sent to Rome in a report due by
the end of October. Youth leaders completed a separate survey which will also be shared with Rome.
Over 250 people responded to this.

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