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Pope Francis, the round tables at the Synod on Synodality at the Vatican, Cardinal Joseph Zen, and Paolo Ruffini. | Credit: EWTN News

Synod on Synodality 2023: Facts, Anecdotes, and Analysis from the First Week

Oct 7, 2023

Facts, anecdotes, and analysis from the first week of the 16th Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops at the Vatican.

Speaking at a press briefing on Oct. 6, Vatican spokesman Paolo Ruffini said that there needs to be “a certain amount of confidentiality about who takes the floor and who doesn't in order to leave the space open … for ‘conversation in the Spirit.’” | Credit: Daniel Ibáñez/EWTN News

Secrecy at the Synod on Synodality: What we know about delegates’ confidentiality requirements  

Oct 6, 2023

The Synod on Synodality’s official regulations no longer allow Synod delegates to share their personal interventions with the public. 

The Synod on Synodality convened on Wednesday, Oct 4, 2023. | Credit: Daniel Ibáñez/EWTN News

What is Being Discussed During the First Week of the Synod on Synodality?

Oct 5, 2023

During the first full day of work Oct. 5, participants met in small groups of about 12 people where they received a homework assignment.

Cardinal Raymond Burke was part of a panel that convened on the eve of the Synod on Synodality, Oct. 3, 2023. | Credit: Daniel Ibañez/EWTN News

“Dubia” Not an Attack on Pope Francis Nor His Agenda: One of Five Cardinal Authors Says

Oct 5, 2023

The cardinal was speaking at a conference in Rome on Oct. 3 on the theme “the synodal Babel” to discuss the main points of contention raised by the synod.

Synod on Synodality delegates in small groups listen to Pope Francis' guidance for the upcoming weeks on Oct. 4, 2023. | Credit: Daniel Ibañez/CNA

Pope Francis to Synod on Synodality Participants: "Do not sadden the Holy Spirit"

Oct 4, 2023

Pointing synod delegates to texts by St. Basil on the Holy Spirit, the pope emphasized the importance of listening over speaking.

Pope Francis at the Synod on Synodality, Oct. 4, 2023. | Credit: Daniel Ibáñez

New "grammar of synodality" on Display at Start of Synod Gathering 

Oct 4, 2023

On its opening day, synod leaders also highlighted the many ways in which the current gathering breaks the mold of past Synods of Bishops.  

The opening Mass of the Synod on Synodality in St. Peter's Square on Oct. 4, 2023. | Daniel Ibanez/CNA

Pope Francis: Synod on Synodality’s Primary Task "to refocus our gaze on God"

Oct 4, 2023

Pope Francis opened the Synod on Synodality’s three-week assembly on Wednesday with a call to remember that the Church exists to bring Jesus to the world and should face today’s challenges with a gaze fixed on God rather than “political calculations or ideological battles.”

Pope Francis created 21 new cardinals from across the world at the Saturday morning, Sept. 30, 2023, consistory in St. Peter’s Square. | Credit: Vatican Media

Here’s what the Church’s Newest Cardinals Think About the Synod on Synodality

Oct 3, 2023

Six cardinals who are participating in this month’s Synod on Synodality — and five who are not — told CNA their ideas of and expectations for the assembly.

Statue of St. Peter in front of St. Peter's Basilica. | Credit: Vatican Media

Cardinals Send "dubia" to Pope Francis Ahead of Synod on Synodality

Oct 1, 2023

Five cardinals have sent a set of questions to Pope Francis to express their concerns and seek clarification on points of doctrine and discipline ahead of this week’s opening of the Synod on Synodality at the Vatican. 

Cardinal Víctor Manuel Fernández. | Credit: Daniel Ibáñez/ACI Prensa

"Not much new" Will Come out of this Year’s Synod, Vatican’s Doctrine Chief Predicts

Oct 1, 2023

Cardinal Víctor Manuel Fernández predicts that “those who expect big changes” to come out of this month’s Synod of Bishops will be “disappointed.”

Five children representing five continents speak with Pope Francis in the Apostolic Palace at the Vatican on Oct. 1, 2023. The pope will hold a meeting with children at the Vatican on Nov. 6, 2023. | Credit: Vatican Media

Pope Francis to Hold Meeting with Children at the Vatican on Nov. 6

Oct 1, 2023

The theme of the event in the Paul VI Audience Hall will be “Let us learn from boys and girls.” 

The Sept. 30 prayer service, called “Together,” which was organized by the ecumenical community Taizé, included eight minutes of silence for personal prayer. | Credit: Vatican Media

Pope Francis Calls Silence "essential" at Prayer Vigil for Synod on Synodality

Sep 30, 2023

Pope Francis told those gathered at an ecumenical prayer vigil days before the opening of the Synod on Synodality that silence is essential for Christians.

Bishop Georg Bätzing addresses journalists on Sept 28, 2023. | Credit: Martin Rothweiler/EWTN Germany

German Bishops Conclude Tense Gathering with all Eyes on Synod on Synodality in Rome

Sep 29, 2023

Conscious of mounting tensions and open defiance around certain issues, the assembly in Wiesbaden served as a charged prelude to more significant debates.

Archbishop Andrew Fuanya Nkea of Bamenda Archdiocese in Cameroon. Credit: ACI Africa

Delegates to Synod on Synodality to Give “no room for distraction”: Archbishop in Cameroon

Sep 25, 2023

Delegates to the 16th Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops are not to give “room for distractions” during the meeting scheduled to begin on October 4, a Catholic Bishop in Cameroon has told ACI Africa.     

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Diocese of Rome: Thousands Expected at Vatican for Ecumenical Prayer Vigil Ahead of Synod

Sep 25, 2023

The prayer service will take place just days before the launch of the 16th General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops in Rome over the course of October.

Pope Francis addressed pilgrims and tourists at his first outdoor general audience after the summer on Sept. 6, 2023. | Vatican Media

Synod 2023: What has Pope Francis Said about Synodality?

Sep 18, 2023

Synodality isn’t “a chapter in an ecclesiology textbook” or a “fad or a slogan to be bandied about in our meetings,” the pope has emphasized.

Pope Francis responds to questions from the press aboard the return flight to Rome from Mongolia. | Vatican Media

What Pope Francis Had to Say about Synod on Synodality at In-flight Press Conference

Sep 4, 2023

In his in-flight press conference returning from Mongolia on Monday, Pope Francis outlined his vision for the upcoming synodal assembly in October, which he said should be a prayerful exercise in dialogue free from ideology, not full of “political chatter” like a television talk show.

Pope Francis speaks at the general audience on Aug. 23, 2023. | Vatican Media

Pope Francis: Synod "truly important" Despite Being "of little interest to general public"

Aug 26, 2023

Pope Francis acknowledged Saturday that the upcoming Synod on Synodality may be “of little interest to the general public,” but underlined that the synod is “truly important” for the Catholic Church.

The opening day of the 15th Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops in the Vatican Synod Hall on Oct. 3, 2018. | Daniel Ibáñez/CNA.

Synod on Synodality: Vatican Publishes Full List of Participants

Jul 7, 2023

The Vatican published Friday the full list of participants who will take part in the upcoming Synod on Synodality assembly in October.

Cardinal Jean-Claude Hollerich (right), relator general of Synod on Synodality, speaks to the media on June 20, 2023, at the temporary headquarters of the Holy See Press Office in Vatican City. Beside him is Cardinal Mario Grech, the Secretary General for the Synod of Bishops. | Daniel Ibáñez/CNA

Synod on Synodality Leaders:Full List of Delegates for October Assembly still Under review

Jun 21, 2023

Organizers of the Synod on Synodality on Tuesday announced a change of venue for the upcoming synodal assembly of bishops and other delegates being held in October but said that the full list of those participating in the monthlong event is still being prepared.