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Saturday, 22 September 2018 00:00

TA Youth and the preparation for the Youth Synod

VATICAN CITY, Rome, Italy.
During this past year, young people from the Teresian Association (TA) participated in various ways in the preparation for the Synod of Bishops dedicated to "young people, faith and vocational discernment," which will take place from October 3-28. Some young people represented the Teresian Association in two separate meetings. Within the framework of the Synod, Pope Francis will hold a special meeting with some young people.

As reported by the Holy See, on Saturday, October 6 at 3:00 pm an event called "Noi per: Unici, solidali, creativi" (We for: Unique, supportive, creative) promoted by the Congregation for Catholic Education will take place in Paul VI Hall.

The Holy Father and some synod fathers are expected to listen to the testimony of several girls and boys. There will also be musical and artistic moments on three topics: the search for one's own identity, relationships, and life as a service and donation.

"Young people are particularly invited and we hope they will be numerous so that the Synodal Assembly will feel their voice and warmth," the Holy See said.

To participate in the event, it is necessary to request tickets from the Congregation for Catholic Education, located in Rome at Piazza Pio XII n. 3. The telephone number is +390669884167 and the email:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Participation of TA Youth 

Since January 2017, when the preparatory document was presented, young people from TA Youth, were interested and participated in those events where they were allowed. In some of them they represented the international Teresian Association:

Marina Sampayo (Barcelona, ​​Spain), participated in the International Meeting held in Rome with the title: "From Krakow to Panama - The Synod on the way with young people," which involved a first contact of the Secretariat of the Synod with young people from all over the world, in April 2017.


Sofía Liberato (León, Spain) participated along with 40 other young representatives from different ecclesiastical provinces, Catholic movements and the Spanish Conference of Religious (CONFER) in the Seminar titled "Dialogue with Youth on Pastoral with Discernment," celebrated in Valladolid in January 2018.

0922-4AClara Colmenero (Jaén, Spain) is a student of mathematics at the University of Málaga, and former student of the TA school in Jaén. She participated in the pre-synod encounter that took place in Rome, from March 19-24, 2018, with the participation of more than 300 young people from all over the world that brought together young Catholics, young people of different Christian denominations and other religions and young non-believers. Together with other young people she presented one of the offerings at the Eucharist presided over by Pope Francis, at the end of the meeting.

Pope Francis said in his letter to young people on the occasion of the presentation of the preparatory document: "A better world is also built thanks to you, who always want to change and be generous. Do not be afraid to listen to the Spirit who suggests bold options, do not waste time when your conscience asks you to take risks to follow the Master. The Church also wishes to listen to the voice, sensitivity, and faith of each one of you; as well as the doubts and criticisms. Make everyone feel your cry you, let it resonate in the different communities and make it reach their shepherds."

0922-5"The path of preparation for the Synod on young people is also ours!" said the activists of Acit Joven throughout this time.

"I expect a revolutionary document ..."

In some of her statements after the pre-synodal meeting, Clara Colmenero said that the experience had left her "a very sweet taste. Something similar to meeting with distant relatives and you discover that you have many things in common with them. Meeting people from all over the world has enriched me culturally; on a personal level, sharing with generous, welcoming people who fight with hard realities such as drug trafficking and persecution and who are true fighters has touched me; and also, at the level of faith, because I have learned to respect others very much. The problem with young people in Spain is that we are very afraid to express that we are Christians to avoid being judged. In the pre-synod there were Catholics, Orthodox, Protestants, Hindus, Muslims, atheists, agnostics ... Everyone was respected, and you could express yourself freely. Nobody was offended by anyone. We were just young people who were going to share our experience."

She would like that the bishops gathered at the Synod may "think about the young people behind the document that resulted from this meeting, and also about those who seek the Church and cannot find it because no one has helped them.  I give thanks for this opportunity.” She also hopes that the Synod document will be “revolutionary, that it may show that the Church is not boring, and find ways for us to have a more relevant role.  All of us are the Church.”

Video with testimonies from young people of the Teresian Association on the way to prepare the Synod.  

Canonization of young Italian Nunzio Sulprizio

The Holy See also announced that on October 14, in the context of the Synod, Mons. Oscar Romero, Pope Paul VI, and young Italian Nunzio Sulprizio will be canonized.  The latter was beatified on December 1, 1963 by Paul VI.

Nunzio Sulprizio was born in Pescosansonesco (Italy) on April 13, 1817. During his childhood he suffered the consequences of poverty, disease and abuse; especially from his maternal uncle who, since his parents died, forced him to work as a blacksmith under inhuman conditions, which caused him a bone tumor that led him to his death on May 5, 1836, at 19 years of age. 

The miracle that will allow the canonization of Nunzio Sulprizio is the healing of a young man from Taranto (Italy), who was seriously injured in a motorcycle accident and left him first in a coma and then in a vegetative state. The parents, who always made the young man carry an image of Blessed Nunzio, asked the parish of San Domenico Soriano in Naples for a relic.

The relic was placed in the resuscitation room and they asked for the intercession of the Blessed. The father bathed his son's forehead with water from the source of Riparossa, the town of Abruzzo where Nunzio Sulprizio washed his leg affected by cancer.

In the following days the doctors informed the parents that their son had no further need for resuscitation. He was taken to Santa Ana de Crotone awakening center. In four months, the young man left the vegetative state, with a rapid recovery and without reporting any secondary effects.

Vatican News reported that Pope Francis made this decision during the session held on July 19. On October 14, more people will be canonized: Fr. Francesco Spinelli, founder of the Institute of the Sisters Adorers of the Blessed Sacrament; Father Vincenzo Romano; María Caterina Kasper; and Nazaria Ignazia of Saint Teresa of Jesus, who will be the first Bolivian saint.

Previous documents

In this time of immediate preparation, we invite you to read and share the documents of preparation for this significant Synod: One developed by the 300 young participants in the pre-synodal meeting and Instrumentum Laboris.

The Teresian Association in its recent Assembly of all the Associations a.e. held in Los Negrales, from July 21 to 28, 2018, chose as one of its lines of action and mission for the next six-year period, 2018-2024, to "walk with young people in a society in change.”

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