The “Together” project in brief
Young people aged 18 to 35 from different European countries and from all Christian traditions have been invited to come to Rome from Friday evening to Sunday afternoon for a weekend of sharing. They will be hosted by the parishes and communities of Rome and stay with local people. For young Catholics, this event can be experienced as a follow-up to the World Youth Day which took place in Lisbon at the beginning of August.
At the heart of this weekend of sharing will be an ecumenical prayer vigil in Rome on 30 September 2023, in the presence of Pope Francis and representatives of various churches. Open to all the People of God, this prayer together will include listening to the Word of God, praise and intercession, Taizé songs and silence - a strong sign of fellowship, unity and peace.
The ecumenical prayer vigil will be held on the eve of the 16th Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops, which will have as its theme: “For a synodal Church: communion, participation and mission” and will take place from 4 to 29 October 2023. As Pope Francis said in his announcement of 15 January 2023, this vigil is part of a synodal and ecumenical journey: “The path of Christian unity and the path of the synodal conversion of the Church are linked.”