Youth in Vatican to Help Deliver ‘a participatory and co-responsible church’

The Vatican’s Dicastery for Laity, Family and Life has set up a specialized team of young Catholic leaders as advisers.

The advisory body was created following a proposal at the 2018 Synod of Bishops’ special assembly on Young People, Faith and Vocational Discernment in the Vatican.

The Vatican made the announcement Nov. 24, the feast of Christ the King.

The Youth Advisory Body consists of 20 leaders who participated in the synodal process and who are active in lay movements, associations, communities. Its maiden meeting will take place in April in Rome.

“The group will have an important consultative and proposal-making role. They will assist the dicastery with issues related to youth ministry and other topics of more general interest,” the dicastery said on its website.

The advisory board with a three-year mandate, includes Brenda Noriega of the U.S., Natalia Garcia Jimenex of Puerto Rico, Joseph Edward San Jose of Canada and Ashleigh Green of Australia.

Noriega works as coordinator for the young ministry of the San Bernardino diocese and Green, 28, works at CatholicCare, the social welfare wing of Sydney Archdiocese.

“Never in my wildest dreams did I imagine that I would be given such a platform in the Church. I am committed to using it well – not for my benefit, but for the young people of Oceania and beyond,” Green said in a Nov. 24 interview with the Australian Catholic Bishops’ Conference.

“We now have the wisdom of Pope Francis’ apostolic exhortation Christus Vivit to draw upon,” she added.

The synod final document called for a “participatory and co-responsible church.”

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