His Eminence Cardinal Pietro Parolin, Vatican Secretary of State, in an interview with Alessandro Gisotti of Vatican News, highlighted 2018 as being characterized by the Church’s special attention on young people, that it, on their hopes, goals and the challenges facing them. His Beatitude Cardinal Parolin conveyed that an important, innovative aspect is the Church’s new relationship with young people, expressed in a paradigm of responsibility, which excludes any type of paternalism.

As reported by Vatican Radio, His Eminence Cardinal Parolin remarked that “The Church and the Pope are asking young people- what contribution they can make to the Gospel and its proclamation, today!” Turning to Holy Father Pope Francis’s Apostolic Exhortation Amoris Laetitia, His Eminence Cardinal reflected that “I believe Amoris Laetitia – besides being the Church’s embrace of the family and its problems in today’s world, truly helping to incarnate the Gospel within the family, which is already a Gospel: the Gospel of the family – is at the same time an invitation for families to help by collaborating and contributing to the Church’s growth.”

His Eminence Cardinal Parolin also spoke about the process of Curial reform, which he said, has taken several important steps forward and he also reminded that His Holiness Pope Francis is more focused on the deeper spirit which must animate every reform of the Curia, which is the fundamental dimension of Christian life, that is conversion.