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Synod on Synodality

Father Dario Vitali speaks at the Synod on Synodality at the Vatican, Oct. 18, 2023. | Credit: Screenshot/Vatican Media YouTube

Synod on Synodality Asked to "rethink the whole Church" According to Synodality

Oct 18, 2023

The next stage of the Synod on Synodality opened Wednesday with a call to focus on authority, decentralization, and the co-responsibility of the laity.

“As a woman, I’m not focused at all on the fact that I’m not a priest,” Renée Köhler-Ryan, one of 54 women delegates to the Synod on Synodality, said at a press briefing Oct. 17, 2023. | Credit: Daniel Ibañez/CNA

There’s "too much emphasis" on Women Priests: Theologian at Synod on Synodality

Oct 17, 2023

“As a woman, I’m not focused at all on the fact that I’m not a priest,” Renée Köhler-Ryan said at a press briefing Oct. 17.

Archbishop Anthony Muheria (left) and Archbishop Martin Kivuva (right) flanked by members of the Kenyan Priests, Religious, and Seminarians (KPRS) in Rome, and the Kenyan Catholic Community in Rome (KCCR) at at Collegio San Paulo in Rome on 15 October 2023. Credit: Wakenya Wakatoliki Roma (KCCR)

Synod on Synodality “not a one-man voice”: Kenyan Archbishop on Conversations in Rome

Oct 16, 2023

The outcome of the ongoing Synod on Synodality conversations in Rome will be a mix of voices from the entire Church, and not a “one-man voice”, a Kenyan Archbishop participating in the October 4-29 Synod has said.

Archbishop José Miguel Gómez Rodríguez. | Credit: Archdiocese of Manizales

Synod on Synodality "cannot remove pages from the Bible," Synod Delegate Says

Oct 16, 2023

Archbishop José Miguel Gómez Rodríguez, the archbishop of Manizales in Colombia, shares his experience at the Synod of Synodality.

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

This week at the Synod on Synodality: Participation focus comes amid exit of Chinese bishops

Oct 16, 2023

The Vatican confirmed that the bishops from the People’s Republic of China are leaving ahead of the event’s conclusion.

Pope Francis at the Synod on Synodality on Oct. 10, 2023. | Credit: Vatican Media

Synod on Synodality Reports not "secret," But Still Won't Be Shared, Spokesman Says

Oct 15, 2023

The decision was communicated Saturday by Paolo Ruffini, president of the Synod’s communication commission, at a press briefing earlier today. 

Sister María de los Dolores Palencia Gómez, Superior General of the Congregation of St. Joseph of Lyon, speaks to journalists during a press briefing for the Synod on Synodality at the Vatican on Oct. 14, 2023. | Credit: Screenshot from Synod on Synodality livestream video

Women Role: Synod “setting stages for future changes”, First Woman Presides over Assembly

Oct 15, 2023

Sister Maria de los Dolores Valencia Gomez, a Sister of St. Joseph, spoke at a press briefing about the participation of women in the ongoing Synod of Synodality and what it might mean for the future.   

Cardinal Fridolin Ambongo Besungu, OFM Cap., was the main celebrant of a Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica for synod participants on Oct. 13. | Credit: Vatican Media

The Devil “wants to see us divided,” SECAM President Says at Synod on Synodality Mass

Oct 14, 2023

“If we have the courage to look at our current reality as a Church, it won’t be hard to see how the Evil One is at work, ” Fridolin Cardinal  Ambongo Besungu, the Archbishop of Kinshasa in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), who doubles as the President of the Symposium of Episcopal Conference of Africa and Madagascar (SECAM), has said.

Synod on Synodality delegates seated at discussion tables inside Paul VI Hall at the Vatican in October 2023. | Credit: Daniel Ibáñez | CNA

Synod on Synodality 2023: Work Begins on the Final Text as Second Week Wraps up

Oct 14, 2023

The past week risked being overshadowed by a letter about the German Synodal Way shared with Synod participants by Bishop Georg Bätzing of Limburg.

Cardinal Jean-Claude Hollerich, the relator general of the 16th Annual General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops. | Daniel Ibáñez/CNA

Synod Addressing “some of the key points” from Today: Synod General Rapporteur

Oct 13, 2023

The Synod's relator general stressed, "The purpose of the mission is precisely to extend the scope of communion, enabling more and more people to meet the Lord and accept his call to be part of his people.”

Synod of Synodality delegates tour the catacombs of St. Sebastian. Rome, Italy, Oct. 13, 2023. | Credit: Daniel Ibanez

Synod Delegates Make a Pilgrimage to Rome’s Catacombs

Oct 13, 2023

Hundreds of delegates took a break from their discussions of synodality to visit the catacombs of St. Sebastian and St. Callistus located on Rome’s ancient Appian Way on Oct. 12. 

Archbishop Andrew Nkea Fuanya of Bamenda, Cameroon, said at an Oct. 12 briefing that the Synod on Synodality is “a chance for the voice of Africa to be heard.” | Credit: Daniel Ibañez/CNA

Africa, Oceania Delegates Say Synod on Synodality their Turn to Speak

Oct 12, 2023

Archbishop Andrew Nkea Fuanya of Bamenda, Cameroon, said at an Oct. 12 briefing that the Synod on Synodality is “a chance for the voice of Africa to be heard.”

Fr. Vitalis Anaehobi at a pre-synodal seminar in Nairobi. Credit: ACI Africa

These are “our priority” Issues at Ongoing Synod in Rome: African Delegate

Oct 11, 2023

Four issues affecting the Church in Africa stand out at the ongoing Synod on Synodality conversations. These are the issues that those representing the African continent at the Bishops’ meeting in Rome are focusing on.

Archbishop Anthony Muheria of Kenya’s Nyeri Archdiocese. Credit: KCCB

Synod Delegates Having “good moments of sharing”, African Archbishop Says, Lauds Diversity

Oct 11, 2023

The ongoing Synod on Synodality conversations are providing “good moments of sharing” and mutual understanding, an African Catholic Archbishop participating in the October 4-29 Synod has said. 

Delegates meet at round tables during the Synod on Synodality on Oct. 10, 2023. | Credit: Vatican Media

Synod on Synodality Members Ask "for greater discernment" of Church Teaching on Sexuality

Oct 11, 2023

Spokesman Paolo Ruffini told the media that while some have asked for further discernment on the Church’s teaching, others said there’s no need for it.

Pope Francis at the Synod on Synodality on Oct. 6, 2023. | Credit: Vatican Media

Pope Francis has Lunch with Rome’s Poor Who Tell him "what they expect from the Church"

Oct 11, 2023

Like the synod assembly participants, the lunch guests were asked “what they expect from the Church,” Paolo Ruffini told journalists Oct. 11.

Archbishop Anthony Muheria of Kenya’s Nyeri Archdiocese. Credit: Archdiocese of Nairobi

“They want us to tremble”, Kenyan Archbishop Faults Proud Leaders, Urges Listening

Oct 10, 2023

The key message of the Synod on Synodality is listening, a virtue that most leaders in Kenya lack, the Catholic Archbishop of the country’s Nyeri Archdiocese has said.  

Participants in the synodal meetings in Paul VI Audience Hall-Vatican City. Credit: Vatican Media

10 Things You Can Do for Ongoing Synod on Synodality

Oct 10, 2023

After the first session of the 16th General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops, "For a Synodal Church: Communion, Participation, and Mission", started last week in the Vatican, faithful around the world may ask themselves: What can we do now for the ongoing Synod? How can we contribute to its outcomes? Here are a series of suggestions.

Delegates meet at round tables during the Synod on Synodality on Oct. 10, 2023. | Credit: Vatican Media

Synod on Synodality: Who is Overseeing the Draft Report at the End of the Assembly?

Oct 10, 2023

Synod on Synodality delegates elected this week the members of a commission who will supervise the drafting of a “synthesis report.”

Cardinal Jean-Claude Hollerich (left), relator general of the Synod on Synodality, and Cardinal Mario Grech, secretary general of the Synod, at the Oct. 9, 2023, general congregation. | Credit: Vatican Media

Synod on Synodality Asks Members to Foster Communion with the Marginalized

Oct 10, 2023

“All are invited to be part of the Church,” Cardinal Jean-Claude Hollerich said at the start of the Oct. 9 general congregation.