Posts Tagged ‘Synod’

Under 30 and would like to have your say about the Catholic church? Comments 0

Monday, August 14th, 2017
have your say

1400 people between the age of 16 to 29 years have so far responded to the invitation from the New Zealand Catholic Bishops to say what they think about life, faith, and their experience of Church through an online survey. “It’s really heartening to see so many who want to be involved and have their Read more

Bishop Drennan wants contributions from young Kiwis for 2018 Synod Comments 0

Monday, March 6th, 2017

As the Vatican released the preparatory document for the 2018 synod of bishops on “Young people, faith and vocational discernment”, Palmerston North Bishop Charles Drennan said the value of knowing the thoughts and aspirations of young people in the Church can never be overestimated. The preparatory document included a series of questions to be answered by national conferences of bishops and other Church bodies. Responses, along with input from Read more

Wellington Archdiocese to have a Synod next year Comments 0

Friday, December 9th, 2016

Cardinal John Dew has announced that the fifth Synod for the Archdiocese of Wellington is to take place in 2017. A diocesan synod helps to establish the ‘communion and mission’ of a diocesan community. In the decree of convocation Dew said he was mindful of Pope Francis’ desire that we advance along the path of what Read more

Melkite bishops want to oust Patriarch – Rome washes hands Comments 0

Friday, June 24th, 2016

A synod of the Melkite Church has been postponed as half the church’s bishops tried to force the resignation of their patriarch. Ten Melkite bishops boycotted the synod meeting, in trying to get Patriarch Gregory III Laham to go. “I shall not resign,” Patriarch Gregory declared, denouncing the boycott. Without the 10 bishops, the synod Read more

Pope wants global peace as next synod topic: Report Comments 1

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2016

An Italian news agency is reporting that Pope Francis wants to dedicate the next synod of bishops to the issue of global peace. ANSA stated the Pope mentioned this at a recent meeting of the organising council of the synod of bishops. “But how to develop a strong initiative in favour of global peace is Read more

Historic Irish synod backs lay-led liturgies Comments 1

Friday, April 15th, 2016

A proposal to develop and support lay-led liturgies has received strong support at the first synod to be held in Ireland in half a century. A three-day diocesan synod in Limerick was attended by 400 delegates. More than 90 per cent of delegates backed the lay-led liturgies proposal. At the synod, Fr Eugene Duffy, a lecturer Read more

Irish nun calls for Church apology for treatment of women Comments 0

Tuesday, April 12th, 2016

An Irish nun is seeking an apology from the Catholic Church for its treatment of women. Sr Eileen Lenihan’s call came in Limerick at the first diocesan synod to be held in Ireland in 50 years. Sr Lenihan said: “The apology that is being called for, perhaps it needs to come from the Church, radically Read more

Pope’s post-synod document on family life to come in March Comments 0

Tuesday, February 2nd, 2016

Pope Francis’s apostolic exhortation on family life will be published in March, a Vatican official says. Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia, president of the Pontifical Council for the Family, said this in an interview with a Portuguese Catholic agency. Archbishop Paglia said the document will “show that the Church is close to families in all stages of Read more

What really happened at Synod 2015 Comments 0

Friday, December 4th, 2015

When the XIV Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops opened with a concelebrated Mass at the Altar of the Confession in St. Peter’s Basilica on October 4, it was already clear that there would be three synods: the real synod, the mainstream media synod, and the blogosphere synod. The first and third would Read more

Three ways to improve the synod of bishops Comments 10

Friday, November 20th, 2015

Although the October 4-24 synod on the family was the best-run synod of bishops since its institution by Pope Paul VI after the Second Vatican Council, there are still ways that the synod process could be improved. First, what went well? The most important improvement instituted by Pope Francis was open and free debate. Earlier synods were Read more