Posts Tagged ‘Synod of Bishops’

Synod on synodality “selfies” and the media

Thursday, October 26th, 2023
Synod on synodality "selfies" and the media

When I was in Rome during the second week of the Synod on synodality, I had the opportunity to talk with some of the participants. Every single one of them offered encouraging words of hope. But if one wants to know what is happening at this synodal assembly, those words of hope are pretty much Read more

Female president-delegate presides at Synod of Bishops

Monday, October 16th, 2023

The first female president-delegate has presided at a Synod of Bishops assembly. Sister Maria de los Dolores Valencia Gomez (pictured) says her inclusion in the role at the Synod on Synodality shows the Church “has… something that places all of us at the same level”. Gomez led the Synod on Synodality assembly Friday morning in Read more

Parramatta diocese publishes Draft Synod Synthesis

Monday, May 2nd, 2022
Global Synod journey Australia

Dioceses throughout Australia are progressing their Synod journey, with reports being prepared from the local consultation phase of the Global Synod on Synodality. Individuals and groups were invited to reflect on and respond to a series of questions across the Synod of Bishops’ three key themes: communion, participation and mission. The online portal for submissions Read more

Vatican’s Synodal process in trouble

Thursday, February 10th, 2022
synodal process

The Vatican says the Church’s effort to listen to the 1.34 billion Catholics worldwide through a synodal process is facing challenges. The synod’s diocesan phase is expected to last until 15 August. “Many of the faithful perceive the synodal process as a crucial moment in the Church’s life, as a learning process as well as Read more

Synodal consultations must include even those who rarely practice the faith

Monday, November 1st, 2021

The Vatican has announced it will give dioceses more time to complete local consultations ahead of the 2023 Synod on Synodality. Dioceses are likely to welcome the extension as synod organizers have urged them to include “all the baptized” in the consultation process, not only churchgoers. “Special care should be taken to involve those persons Read more

Pope names Cardinal Hollerich as coordinator of 2023 synod

Monday, July 12th, 2021

Pope Francis has chosen Cardinal Jean-Claude Hollerich of Luxembourg, a Jesuit, to serve as relator general of the Synod of Bishops on synodality. The appointment of Cardinal Hollerich, who also serves as president of the Commission of Bishops’ Conferences of the European Union, was announced by the Vatican July 8. The relator is responsible for Read more

Secretariat begins discussing new synod process with bishops

Monday, June 21st, 2021
Bishops synod process

In preparation for the next world Synod of Bishops, leaders of the synod’s general secretariat held online meetings to discuss the process with the presidents and general secretaries of national and regional bishops’ conferences. Cardinal Mario Grech, secretary of the synod, and the office’s two undersecretaries, Xaviere Missionary Sister Nathalie Becquart and Bishop Luis Marín Read more

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