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Synod 2021 - 2023

For a synodal Church

communion | participation | mission

Synod

Introduction

In October 2023 the bishops of the Church will come together in Synod. The path toward this Synod, ‘For a Synodal Church: Communion, Participation, Mission’, begins in October this year, 2021, in a worldwide invitation to all the faithful. Pope Francis has invited the entire Church to ‘reflect on a theme that is decisive for its life and mission’, the path of synodality.

Synod on Synodality

All you need to know

‘Synod’ is a word used over the centuries, whose meaning draws on the deepest themes of our faith. It comes from two Greek words: ‘συν’ (with) and ‘όδός’ (path), it indicates the path along which the People of God walk together.’

‘Synodality’ is the process of ‘journeying together’. Pope Francis has affirmed that: “A synodal Church is a Church which listens…The faithful People, the College of Bishops, the Bishop of Rome: all listening to each other; and all listening to the Holy Spirit.”

The purpose of this Synod… is intended to inspire people to dream about the Church we are called to be, to make people’s hopes flourish, to stimulate trust, to bind up wounds, to weave new and deeper relationships, to learn from one another, to build bridges, to enlighten minds, warm hearts, and restore strength to our hands for our common mission (PD, 32).

Thus the objective of this synodal process is not only a series of exercises that start and stop, but rather a journey of growing authentically towards the communion and mission that God calls the Church to live out in the third millennium.” (Vademecum for the Synod on Synodality 1.3)

The Synod:

Sharing your insights

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Pastoral Community Consultations

Listening to the
Margins

Synodal
Moments

Fish on
Friday

Share a meal and a conversation

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Youth
Consultation

Everyone's opinion matters

Some little extras

Synodal Resources

Synodal Documents

The Preparatory Document

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The Vademecum

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Pope Francis speeches on the synodal process

Address to the faithful of the Diocese of Rome

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Address for the opening of the Synod

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Homily for the opening of the Synodal path

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Communion

communion

The love of God is for everyone. As a Diocese we aspire to 'Open wide the doors of the Church to all without exception'. Who finds welcome and support for their Christian journey and who might feel left out?

Participation

communion

Every baptised person is called to participate in the mission of the Church. How is dialogue and participation in the life of the Church enabled and how is it hindered?

Mission

communion

We are called to mission; to put our faith into action. What enables or hinders us in speaking up for the Gospel and acting courageously in society?

The Holy Spirit guiding our Church

communion

What steps is the Holy Spirit calling all of us to take at this time?