The national Year of Youth was officially launched in Australia on Thursday with a three day festival. The year, which concludes in November 2018, coincides with the ten year anniversary of World Youth Day in Sydney.
Malcolm Hart Director of the Office for Youth with the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference said the bishops decided to devote this year to youth, because has been 10 years since Sydney hosted the 2008 World Youth Day. He told Vatican Radio: "we wanted to highlight the role of young people in the Church… the whole year is about acknowledging this great anniversary, but also looking to the future of how young people are going to continue their mission in the Church."
Next October Bishops from around the world will travel to Rome to participate in a General Synod which will focus on youth. Dioceses are already consulting with young people and conducting a survey in preparation for the Synod.
Read more about Australia's Year of Youth here: http://youth.catholic.org.au/year-of-youth/what-is-yoy