The October 4-29 XVI Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops was a “special” moment for the Universal Church, Archbishop Andrew Fuanya Nkea of Bamenda Archdiocese in Cameroon who participated in the Rome meeting has said.
The Synod of Bishops in Rome was “a good opportunity” to experience the Church at the global level, Archbishop Anthony Muheria of Kenya’s Nyeri Archdiocese who participated in the October 4-29 meeting has said.
Archbishop Marcel Utembi Tapa, the President of the National Episcopal Conference of Congo (CENCO) who participated in the October 4-29 XVI Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops in Rome has underlined the need for the Church “to listen to the Spirit” and to foster “participation for all.”
Archbishop Lucius Ugorji, the President of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Nigeria (CBCN) who participated in the October 4-29 XVI Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops in Rome has said delegates “felt the Holy Spirit was at work.”
Delegates at the first session of the XVI Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops encouraged Catholic Bishops in Africa under their collective forum, the Symposium of Episcopal Conference of Africa and Madagascar (SECAM), “to promote theological and pastoral discernment on the issue of polygamy”.
The Universal Church expects a spiritual and missionary revival in all aspects, Archbishop Andrew Fuanya Nkea of Bamenda Archdiocese in Cameroon who participated in the October 4-29 XVI Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops in Rome has said.
Asked about the synod assembly’s discussion of homosexuality, Pope Francis said: “When I say ‘everyone, everyone, everyone,’ [I’m speaking about] people.”
African delegates who participated in the October 4-29 XVI Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops in Rome are expected to share their experience and lessons from the meeting in a webinar scheduled for November 15.
Now that the October 4-29 Synod on Synodality meeting in Rome has drawn to a close, all eyes are on the final report emanating from the month-long ecclesiastical gathering.
Much remains unclear about what concretely will take place in the year leading up to the second and final Synod on Synodality assembly in October 2024.
At the Synod on Synodality’s closing Mass, Pope Francis said that God’s love cannot be confined “to our own agenda” and that those who truly want to reform the Catholic Church should follow Jesus’ greatest commandment: to adore God and love others with his love.
The document, the synthesis of the assembly’s work from Oct. 4-29, proposes a “Synodal Church” that implements synodality throughout Church governance, theology, mission, and discernment of doctrine and pastoral issues.
The Vatican’s nearly monthlong Synod on Synodality assembly concluded with members approving an ambitious text calling for greater “co-responsibility” among all believers in the evangelizing mission of the Church.
The Synod on Synodality, the monthlong assembly convened by Pope Francis at the Vatican, released its final document containing the discussion of several hot-button issues which it calls “controversial”: the idea of women deacons, optional priestly celibacy, and the accompaniment of people struggling with their gender or sexual identity.
At the conclusion of the Synod on Synodality, Pope Francis’ monthlong Vatican assembly, one of the meeting’s leaders said the freedom and openness experienced during the gathering will help the Church change in the future.
Archbishop Timothy Paul Broglio, the president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) who is participating in the October 4-29 Synod on Synodality in Rome has reminisced about serving in Ivory Coast, and the lesson he learnt in Africa about war.
As the final week of this year's gathering unfolds amid contentious discussions, anticipation is rising for the publication of the Synod on Synodality’s summary report.
A summary report of this month’s synodal assembly in Rome is nearing finalization — with both anticipation and apprehension mounting over what the critical document might contain.
Wyatt Olivas, 19, approached Pope Francis to ask if the pontiff would sign a letter requesting a few days of rest after the Synod before Olives heads back to classes at the University of Wyoming.
Dr. Norah Nonterah, a Synod on Synodality delegate from Ghana, is representing several of what she describes as “existential peripheries” at the ongoing meeting of Bishops in Rome.