Synod on Synodality

Dr. Philippe Abraham Birane Tine. Credit: Courtesy Photo

Catholic Lay Leader in Senegal Says Synodal Process “not a forum for settling scores”

Apr 1, 2022

The President of the National Laity Council (CNL) in Senegal has cautioned the people of God against using the ongoing preparations for the Synod on Synodality as forums for settling scores.

A poster announcing the March 31 webinar which the Symposium of Episcopal Conferences of Africa and Madagascar (SECAM) organized. Credit: Courtesy Photo

Africa’s Participation in Synodal Process “very promising”: Vatican Cardinal

Mar 31, 2022

The contribution of the people of God in Africa in the ongoing preparations for the Synod on Synodality is “very promising,” a Vatican Cardinal has told participants at a virtual event.

Dominique Yon, Youth Coordinator for South Africa’s Cape Town Archdiocese addressing participants during the March 30 webinar. Credit: Courtesy Photo

Synod on Synodality “an opportunity for voices to be heard”: Youth Leader in South Africa

Mar 31, 2022

A Catholic youth leader in South Africa has said the ongoing preparations for the Synod on Synodality offers an opportunity for many voices to be heard including those of young people in Africa.

A poster announcing the March 26 webinar. Credit: Courtesy Photo

African Catholic Journalists Urged to First “deal with Synodality personally” Then Report

Mar 29, 2022

Catholic journalists in Africa need to “personally” engage in the ongoing preparations for the Synod on Synodality in their respective Christian communities before taking up the task of reporting about the process as media “professionals”, a Synod official has said.

Members of the IMBISA Standing Committee. Credit: IMBISA

How Botswana’s Language Culture is Enabling Vibrant Participation in Synodal Process

Mar 25, 2022

The people of God in a Catholic Diocese in Botswana are finding it easy to fully participate in the ongoing Synod on Synodality conversations using the language they are most familiar with, the Local Ordinary of the Diocese has said.

Archbishop Buti Joseph Tlhagale of South Africa's Johannesburg Archdiocese. Credit: SACBC

Theme of Synodality “breath of fresh air” to Migrants, Refugees: South African Archbishop

Mar 17, 2022

The theme of the Synod on Synodality is a relief for those on the move including the refugees and migrants for they have a chance to participate and be heard, a Catholic Archbishop in South Africa has said.

Fr. Rafael Baciano Sapato. Credit: IMBISA

Plight of Single Mothers in Southern Africa Part of Synod on Synodality Topics: Priest

Mar 16, 2022

The challenges single mothers face as members of the Church in the region covered by the Inter-regional Meeting of the Bishops of Southern Africa (IMBISA) are among the topics of the ongoing Synod on Synodality, a Catholic Priest has said. 

Participants at the theologists colloquium pose for a photo session at the Jesuit Conference of Africa and Madagascar's Africama House in Nairobi on Thursday, 10 March 2022. Credit: ACI Africa

African Theologians Advocate for Adoption of African Values in Synod on Synodality

Mar 10, 2022

Participants in the ongoing Synod on Synodality symposium of Theologians that was organized by the Jesuit Conference of Africa and Madagascar (JCAM) are suggesting that the Synodal process be anchored in African values.

Maurice Cardinal Piat (left) and Fr. Jean Maurice Labour at a press conference to unveil the Pastoral Letter on the Lenten Season on 04 March 2022. Credit: Port Louis Diocese

Synodality Church’s “antidote to clericalism”: Mauritian Cardinal in Pastoral Letter

Mar 5, 2022

The Bishop of Port Louis Diocese in Mauritius, Maurice Cardinal Piat has, in his latest pastoral letter for the Lenten period, said that the Synod on Synodality and the ongoing preparations are part of the Catholic Church’s initiatives to counteract clericalism. 

Bishop Stephen Nyodho Ador Majwok of South Sudan's Malakal Diocese. Credit: AMECEA

Synodal Process Ongoing in South Sudanese Diocese Despite “humanitarian emergency”: Bishop

Feb 22, 2022

The people of God in South Sudan’s Malakal Diocese are taking part in the ongoing preparations for the Synod on Synodality despite the humanitarian emergency due to floods, the Local Ordinary of the South Sudanese Diocese has said.

Bishop Mark Kadima (center), Archbishop Hubertus van Megen (right) and Archbishop-elect Maurice Muhatia Makumba at the Episcopal Ordination Mass on 19 February 2022 in Bungoma Diocese. Credit: ACI Africa

At Episcopal Ordination in Kenya, Nuncio Cautions against Clericalism, Urges Listening

Feb 20, 2022

The representative of the Holy Father in Kenya has cautioned against “clericalism” which he said he had noted from his interactions with the people of God in the East African country including Priests and Bishops as they participate in the ongoing preparations for the Synod on Synodality. 

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Pope Francis to Speak with College Students in Virtual Session Hosted by Loyola University

Jan 27, 2022

Pope Francis is scheduled to speak with college students from around the world next month as part of the Catholic Church’s preparations for the Synod on Synodality. The virtual event is to be hosted by Loyola University Chicago.

Pope Francis listens to a boy called Emanuele at St. Paul of the Cross parish, Rome, on April 15, 2018. Vatican Media.

Global Synodal Path "a great opportunity to listen to one another": Pope Francis

Jan 24, 2022

He made the remark in his 2022 World Communications Day message.

Cardinal Kurt Koch and Cardinal Mario Grech. Daniel Ibáñez/CNA and Diocese of Gozo via Wikimedia (CC BY-SA 4.0).

Vatican Asks Catholic Bishops to Invite Local Protestant, Orthodox Leaders in Synodal Path

Jan 18, 2022

The letter was sent by Cardinal Kurt Koch and Cardinal Mario Grech.

Pope Francis meets a delegation of the French Catholic Action movement at the Vatican, Jan. 13, 2021. Vatican Media.

Synodality Not a "search for majority consensus": Pope Francis

Jan 13, 2022

The pope was speaking to French Catholic Action groups.

Archbishop Stephen Ameyu of South Sudan's Juba Archdiocese. Credit: Courtesy Photo

Synod on Synodality “not only for the Bishops”, South Sudanese Archbishop Tells Youth

Nov 17, 2021

The Synod on Synodality is not an ecclesial event for Bishops alone but for all the people of God including young people, the Archbishop of South Sudan’s Juba Archdiocese has said.

Bishop Sylvester David, Auxiliary Bishop of South Africa’s Cape Town Archdiocese. Credit: Courtesy Photo

Initiate Synodality Conversation from Family, Catholic Bishop in South Africa Says

Nov 5, 2021

Journeying together as people of God through the ongoing Synodal process should be taken to the root of the Church, which is family, the Auxiliary Bishop of South Africa’s Cape Town Archdiocese has said.

Pope Francis takes part in a moment of reflection for the opening of the synodal path at the Vatican’s New Synod Hall, Oct. 9, 2021. Screenshot from Vatican News YouTube channel.

Vatican Gives World’s Dioceses More Time to Consult Catholics ahead of Synod on Synodality

Oct 29, 2021

Dioceses now have until Aug. 15, 2022, to submit consultation summaries.

The Official Logo of the Synod on Synodality. Credit: Courtesy Photo

Religious in Africa, Youth Share Understanding of Synodality after Launch by Pope Francis

Oct 21, 2021

Synodality is a journey, a “reversed pyramid” and an opportunity to create more engagement among the people of God, young African Catholics and women and men Religious who shared their understanding of the synod which Pope Francis launched October 10 have said.

A website and smartphone app to help Catholics pray for the synod on synodality was launched Oct. 19, 2021. Click to Pray 2.0.

Vatican Launches Prayer Website "to accompany" Synod on Synodality

Oct 20, 2021

The app Click To Pray will also promote prayer for the synodal process.