Young New Zealanders are being called to take part in an international conversation with the Catholic Church. The New Zealand Catholic bishops are asking those aged 16 to 29 years to share their views about life, faith and their experience of Church through an online survey which will go live this Sunday (July 23).
The survey is part of an international effort by Pope Francis to understand better 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.
Pope Francis says, ‘Every young person has something to say to others … all of us need to listen to you!’, and he added ‘even young people who consider themselves agnostics, even young people whose faith is lukewarm; even young people who no longer go to Church; even young people who consider themselves atheists.’
Bishop Charles Drennan of Palmerston North who is Secretary of the Bishops’ Conference says, “This is an opportunity for young New Zealanders to have their voice heard on the international stage on a range of topics concerning their faith and place within the Church. Young people’s questions and experiences form part of the Church’s constant korero or conversation about how to live our universal faith in the here and now.’
New Zealanders aged 16 – 29 years are encouraged to answer the survey individually or in groups, to tell their friends about it and share the link with their networks. The survey will go live on 23 July and will run for five weeks, with the closing date for responses at midnight on Sunday 27 August 2017.