Joseph Pamplany, auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of Tellicherry in South India describes what the young people are saying as “really enriching”. He explains that it “sheds new light upon the future mission of the Church”, especially, he says, “for young people”.
Bishop Pamplany is representing the Syro-Malabar Catholic Church of India in the ongoing Synod of Bishops in Vatican, which he says is prioritising the discovery of new pastoral methodologies. He said that he’s very happy with the “proceedings of the Synod”, describing them as being “systematically arranged”.
He talks about the interventions he has heard so far, by both the Synod Fathers and the young people. Bishop Pamplany says there are some “cultural differences, as well as national differences” especially between “youth from the third world and first world”. “But”, he continues, “the major challenges being raised on the Synod floor is resembling with what we experience in our country as well.”
He finds that the most interesting thing coming out of this Synod is the “new pastoral methodologies” they are developing, as “the pastoral accompaniment gets predominance over all other approaches.”
Finally, Bishop Pamplany has a message for young Catholics: “Acknowledge that the Church is with you in spite of all the vulnerable situations in which it is entrapped.” He wishes to reassure young people that “we are with you and we wish to learn your life and enthusiasm”. He ends his message imploring young people: “do not be afraid of your faith”.
The Synod of Bishops opened in Vatican on Oct. 3 and will continue through to Oct 28.
Those taking part include 50 cardinals, 145 bishops and archbishops, 37 auxiliary bishops, and ten priests and brothers from religious orders.