International Congress for Young People in Consecrated Life

The International Congress for Young People in Consecrated Life was held in the Vatican on 15-? 19 September, under the theme,? Awaken the world. Gospel, Prophecy, Hope?.

The meeting was organised by the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life (CIVCSVA), forming part of the celebrations of the Year of Consecrated Life. About five thousand young Religious attended from all over the world, including a number of Brothers of St John of God.

Several lectures were delivered during the course of the week in the Aula Pablo VI, as a formative experience with biblical, theological, charismatic and ecclesiological input on the fundamental elements of Consecrated Life. The meeting also provided  opportunities for meetings between people from different areas and circumstances, with different wishes and formation experiences, and enabled them to bear testimony to and celebrate the beauty of their vocation.

On Thursday the 17th, these young people experienced an unforgettable warm meeting with Pope Francis. Replying to several questions put to him, the Pope urged the Consecrated Life to remain ?close? to the Brothers nand Sisters and people, to prophesy by a life of witness, apostolic zeal and by setting aside all narcissism, giving pride of place to silent adoration of our Lord.

The Congress ended on Saturday, September 19, with a Eucharistic celebration in St Peter?s, at which Cardinal João Braz de Aviz presided, and who urged all the Religious to follow the example of their founders and foundresses, as men andwomen capable of ?seizing on values where others see disvalues, and recognising beauty where others are unable to perceive it? 


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