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Nationally Televised Youth Forum
Preparing for 2018 Synod of Bishops

On Sunday evening, October 22, 2017, Salt and Light Television Network in Canada hosted a bilingual, televised National Youth Forum from its new studios in Toronto, with video links to groups of young people gathered in Vancouver, Calgary, Windsor, Montreal and Quebec City. The consultative program, requested by the Pope, was part of the preparation for the 2018 Synod of Bishops on Youth, Faith and Vocational Discernment.
The Forum, moderated by Cardinal Kevin Farrell, Prefect of the Vatican Dicastery for Laity, Family and Life and Fr. Thomas Rosica, CSB, founding CEO of Canada’s first, national Catholic television network, featured open dialogue around the challenges, issues, questions, and needs of young people in the Catholic church. Pope Francis took part in the Forum with a special message to young Canadians and to the youth of the world.
You may view the full 90-minute program on the Salt and Light website:
The Pope’s Video Message:
Text of Video Message from the Holy Father Francis to young Canadians attending the “Canadian Youth Forum"
From Vatican Communications:
Pope Francis: video message to Salt and Light youth forum
Pope Francis has sent a video message to participants in a Canadian youth forum on the theme of Youth, Faith and Vocational Discernment, which aired on Canada’s Salt and Light Catholic Television Network Sunday evening. In the video message, Pope Francis encourages young people to let Christ reach them, so that they can bring Him to their peers and into the whole world, harnessing the energy and enthusiasm of youth and directing it to the service of the Gospel.
“Dear young people of Canada,” says Pope Francis, “my hope for you is that your meeting should be like that of the first disciples, that the beauty of a life realized in following the Lord might open wide before you.”
Taped in the “Fr. Michael McGivney Studios” of the Salt and Light Catholic Media Broadcast Centre in Toronto on October 10, the 90-minute program was hosted by the Prefect of the Dicastery for Laity, Family and Life, Cardinal Kevin Farrell, and  and Salt and Light founding CEO, Fr. Thomas Rosica, CSB.