An interview with Fr. Franco Bordignon, Sx.
Since October 28th, the Synod of catholic bishops on “Young people, Faith and vocation discernment” is over. The question now is: what is next? In their letter to the Young people, the Synod Fathers said: “We are certain that with your enthusiasm for life, you will be ready to get involved so that your dreams may be realized and take shape in your history”. (cf. Letter from the synod fathers to the young people. You are the present; be the brighter future. 28/10/2018).
It means that after the synod, Christian young people are expected to be involved in their different social contexts as a way of bearing witness to the Joy of the Gospel. But moving the Joy of the Gospel from the church to the world is demanding. This is what stems from the interview of Fr. Franco Bordignon, a xaverian missionary working in DRCongo since 1972. With Fr. Louis Bira, he shared his experience of Christian social involvement describing it as “not an easy task”.
We the Synod Fathers now address you, young people of the world, with a word of hope, trust and consolation. In these days, we have gathered together to hear the voice of Jesus, “the eternally young Christ”, and to recognize in Him your many voices, your shouts of exultation, your cries, and your moments of silence.
In view of the ongoing synod of catholic bishops in Roma, the African Study Center of the Xaverian Missionaries decided to consecrate the n°11 of his magazine on the topic of “Youth Ministry”. In this way, we wanted to journey together with the Catholic Church and the Youth.
Below is the summary prepared by Fr. Barthelemy Minani, a Xaverian missionary working in Mozambique.