During the General Assembly of the Malta Catholic Action which was held the past November, Mons. Archbishop Charles J. Scicluna expressed the wish to have meetings with the young people of ŻAK. This is so that they could help him prepare for the Bishops Synod on young people, faith and discernment. On 9th April and on 11th May 2018 two meetings were held, one for young people between the ages of 15 and 18 years and the other for those aged 18 and over. Before the meetings, the young people discussed in their groups questions related to their life in the church and in society. The results of these discussions were presented to the Archbishop who listened to the young people talking on the challenges and opportunities they meet.
The following are the presentations prepared by young people of ages: 15 -18 years:
- Young people in today’s world
- Christian faith – is it still relevant today? Discuss
- Vocation – What does God want from us? Discuss
- Do young people have support from the Church and a place in the Parish?
Questions tackled by 18+
- What are the opportunities and challenges that young people face today (studies, work, relationships, sexuality, travelling, properties, technology and social media etc.)
- What are we as young people doing to live faith and how can we strengthen it?
- Are we trying to discover our vocation? How?
- Do you feel part of a community and how? Do you feel part of the Church and how?
ŻAK expresses its gratitude towards Mons. Archbishop for these meetings in which he listened to the young people’s experiences. He continues to encourage work in groups and encouraged the leaders to not lose hope in front of today’s challenges.
- Two meetings with Mons. Archbishop Charles J. Scicluna