Three hundred young people will assemble next month for a preparatory meeting ahead of October’s synod of bishops on youth.

The meeting will reflect on the results of a worldwide survey of young people, Catholic and non-Catholic, conducted by the Vatican, which received more than 220,000 responses.

Cardinal Lorenzo Baldisseri, the general secretary of the synod of bishops, told journalists that social networks such as Facebook and Twitter will allow young people to follow and interact “with their peers in Rome” attending the pre-synod meeting on March 19-24.

“In short, even through the new technologies of communication, the pre-synod meeting wants to broaden as much as possible the audience of young people involved so that no one should feel excluded,” Cardinal Baldisseri said.

Announcing the pre-synod meeting last October, Pope Francis said: “Through this journey, the Church wants to listen to the voices, the sensibilities, the faith as well as the doubts and criticisms of young people.”

The theme chosen by the Pope for the synod of bishops, which will be in October, is: “Young people, faith and vocational discernment.”

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