Posts Tagged ‘Synod of Bishops’

Nun named to voting position at Vatican praises ‘brave’ pope

Monday, February 15th, 2021

A French nun who has become the first woman to hold a voting position at the Vatican said Wednesday that her appointment is evidence the “patriarchal mindset is changing” as more and more women assume high-level decision-making responsibilities in the Catholic hierarchy. Sister Nathalie Becquart said during a news conference that her appointment as an Read more

Pope Francis appoints first woman to the Synod of Bishops

Thursday, February 11th, 2021
Pope appointed woman to Synod

The Pope has appointed a woman as an undersecretary to the Synod of Bishops for the first time. Xaviere Missionary Sister Nathalie Becquart, from France, will have voting rights in the body, which advises the pontiff. The Synod debates some of the most controversial issues in the Roman Catholic Church. Sister Becquart will not be Read more

Two New Zealanders attend youth forum in Rome

Thursday, June 13th, 2019

Next week, two New Zealanders will join hundreds of other young people in Rome as part of an international Youth Forum. The Youth Office of the Dicastery for Laity, Family and Life is holding the International Youth Forum in Rome to carry forward the work of the General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops on Read more

Pope appoints women to formerly all-male board

Monday, May 27th, 2019

For the first time ever, women have been appointed to the secretariat of the Synod of Bishops. Until now the secretariat’s all-male board has been limited to priests and a bishop. The secretariat prepares major meetings of world bishops held every few years on a different topic. Catholic women’s groups are welcoming the appointments. “It Read more

Let’s talk sex youth tell Vatican

Thursday, September 21st, 2017

Young people helping the Vatican hierarchy prepare for next year’s Synod say the bishops should be open to hearing young people talk about sex, love and sexuality. The theme for the October 2018 conference is “Young people, faith, and vocational discernment”. To involve young people in planning and preparation for the conference, the Secretariat General of Read more

Synod questionnaire for world’s youth launched

Thursday, June 15th, 2017

A questionnaire is seeking young people’s input for the 2018 Synod of Catholic bishops in Rome. A new website has been created for the questionnaire, which seeks information about “Young people, faith and vocational discernment”. The questions have been designed to help the Church better understand the lives, attitudes and concerns of 16- to 29-year-olds Read more

Pell elected to body organising next synod of bishops

Friday, November 20th, 2015

Cardinal George Pell is one of 15 prelates who will plan and organise the next synod of bishops. He was one of 12 prelates elected at the recent 2015 synod. Pope Francis added three others to the “synod’s ordinary council”. While the names of the 12 elected members had been circulating for some time, the Read more

Pope wants listening Church with right view of hierarchy

Tuesday, October 20th, 2015

Pope Francis has called for a Church that listens and learns at every level, but he said this requires the correct view of Church structure. Marking the 50th anniversary of the Synod of Bishops, Francis outlined his vision for a Church that is “synodal” at every level. “A synodal church is a listening church, aware that listening is Read more

A Synod is not a Council

Tuesday, September 8th, 2015

Since the 2014 Extraordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops a growing theological divide has become apparent. This divide, evident among a small minority of cardinals and bishops present (and not present) at the Extraordinary Assembly, has been recognized through their views on how to “pastorally” apply Catholic teaching regarding marriage, family and sexual Read more

Synod of Bishops 2014 just the beginning

Friday, October 24th, 2014

Now that the dust is beginning to settle on the tumultuous Synod of Bishops on the family, conclusions are up in the air as to what it all meant. Given the clear divisions that ran through the summit, it should be no surprise that after-the-fact interpretations are also all over the map. For some, the Read more