The Most Rev. Raymond Poisson, President of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB), has issued a Pastoral Letter to Young People. The Pastoral Letter is dated October 12 in honour of the anniversary of the death of Blessed Carlo Acutis, the first beatified millennial. This is meant to inspire young Catholics to live their faith in an extraordinary way, encouraging them to strive toward holiness, and assuring them of the steadfast support and accompaniment of their Bishops along their individual journeys of faith.
The letter responds to the CCCB’s conversations with young people from across Canada, between the ages 12 to 25, held in the fall of 2020. It was created after receiving input from youth ministry specialists, the Episcopal Commission for Evangelization and Catechesis, the Episcopal Commission for Doctrine, and the Standing Committee for Family and Life.
The letter is addressed to young Catholics. It can be used for individual reflection, as well as in group settings, such as parish or diocesan/eparchial youth groups, schools, families, ecclesial movements and associations, and faith-based communities. It may also serve as a tool and resource for pastoral coordinators, youth group leaders, teachers, and anyone who accompanies young people in the faith.
To download the letter and access available resources, please visit https://bit.ly/CCCBLettertoYoungPeople.