The solemnity of Pentecost, which is celebrated 50 days after Easter, marks the descent of the Holy Spirit. Thousands were gathered inside St. Peter’s Basilica for the Mass.
From the Philippines to Portugal, Marian shrines around the world will participate in a special day of prayer this Wednesday for the work of the Synod on Synodality.
Charismatic groups can be “a great source of renewal” among the people of God, the National Spiritual Director of the Catholic Charismatic Renewal (CCR) in Zimbabwe has said.
The Vatican announced Wednesday that there will be laypeople participating as voting members in the Synod on Synodality’s October assembly, a break with past custom, which allowed laypeople to participate without the right to vote.
A committee of 22 people this week kicked off the writing process for the Synod on Synodality’s working document that will be the blueprint for discussions during the meeting of bishops in October.
The Symposium of Episcopal Conference of Africa and Madagascar (SECAM) has expressed “deep joy” following the appointment of the Symposium’s First Vice President to the newly established Preparatory Commission of the Synod on Synodality.
Synodality, an invitation for the people of God to journey together irrespective of their differences, which the International Theological Commission defined as “the action of the Spirit in the communion of the Body of Christ and in the missionary journey of the People of God” can facilitate the healing of Africa’s deep wounds, member of the resource team that is working to deepen synodal engagements have said.
Clericalism is not just a problem of the Clergy, members of the newly constituted Synodality Resource Team (SRT) for Africa have said, and called on the Laity to play their role in de-clericalizing the Church.
The newly constituted Synodality Resource Team (SRT) for Africa has started developing a manual to be used in various training activities to deepen the understanding of “a Synodal Church”.
The first Vice President of the Symposium of Episcopal Conference of Africa and Madagascar (SECAM) is among seven members of the newly established Preparatory Commission to facilitate the realization of the 16th Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops.
When Catholic Bishops and Priests in Cameroon heard about the Synod on Synodality, which Pope Francis launched in October 2021, some of them flatly opposed it.
In a move to deepen the engagement in the ongoing preparations for the Synod on Synodality, the African Synodality Initiative (ASI) is seeking to constitute a team of experts who will be empowered with skills to grow the spirit of synodality in places that have been left behind in synodal conversations.
Members of the Symposium of Episcopal Conference of Africa and Madagascar (SECAM) have, in their communiqué at the end of their March 1-6 SECAM Plenary Assembly, taken the commitment to “engender new forms of leadership” in the Church in Africa.
Women are playing an inspirational role in the practice of the Synod on Synodality, the President of the Jesuits Conference of Africa and Madagascar (JCAM) has said.
The representative of the Holy Father in Ethiopia has cautioned against possible misinterpretations of the ongoing preparations for the Synod on Synodality.
The Synodal process has the potential to bring about solutions to “the various challenges of the African continent”, an official of the African Union (AU) has told delegates of the ongoing Plenary Assembly under the auspices of the Symposium of Episcopal Conference of Africa and Madagascar (SECAM).
The Secretary General of the Synod of Bishops is advocating for “an African theology of synodality”, which he says would have a positive impact to the Catholic Church across the globe.
The ongoing preparations for the Synod on Synodality is consistent with the social networks typical of the people of God in Africa, the President of the Symposium of Episcopal Conferences of Africa and Madagascar (SECAM) has said.
There is need for the people of God in Africa to enlarge “the space of our tents” to give room for God in the spirit of the Synod on Synodality that is at the continental phase, the first Vice President of the Symposium of Episcopal Conference of Africa and Madagascar (SECAM) has said.
The Church in Africa “needs to continue to be open”, reaching out to the people of God on the periphery, a Catholic Priest has said in his reflection on the ongoing preparations for the Synod on Synodality that is at the continental phase.