The Synodal Journey to Christus Vivit

Pope Francis at a White House ceremony in September 2015.

Christus Vivit Within The Context Of The Synodal Process

To fully understand Pope Francis’ Christus Vivit, it is important to have a sense of the context and process that led up to and continues to follow the exhortation. Many actions and experiences prior to and after that process began, have had significant impacts on the development and ongoing implementation of Christus Vivit.

Pope Francis launched a Synod process in October 2016, seeking to provide a Catholic response to the reality of young people in connection to faith, the community of the Church, and each one’s vocational calling. That journey continued through to the Synod of Bishops in October 2018 and the subsequent release of Christus Vivit in April 2019.

From June 19-22, 2019, the Dicastery for Laity, Family and Life held, in Rome, an International Post-Synodal Forum of young adults from around the world to discuss the impact of Christus Vivit on their peers and the Church in their respective countries. Brian Rhude of the Archdiocese of Baltimore, and Brenda Noriega of the Diocese of San Bernardino represented the United States, accompanied by Paul Jarzembowski—USCCB Assistant Director of Youth and Young Adult Ministries. This International Forum featured large and small group discussions on the synodal process and Christus Vivit. According to the Dicastery, “the Forum was a space for community discernment, maintaining the synodal missionary style promoted by the Synod.” More information is available in the full press release and you can watch highlights from the Forum as well.

We have created a timeline that provides an understanding of Pope Francis’ extensive research, listening, and discernment in writing Christus Vivit (many aspects of the timeline are referenced throughout the document).

With the document’s release in April 2019, youth, campus, and young adult ministries and pastoral juvenil hispana are eager to explore what this means for young people in their area and in the global Church.

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