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Synod on Synodality

Fr. Anthony Makunde speaking during a Synodality Resources Team workshop in Nairobi. Credit: ACI Africa

Resource Team for Africa Proposes Synodality as Way to Heal Africa’s Deep-seated Wounds

Mar 19, 2023

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.

Members of the the African Synodality Initiative (ASI) at a workshop that was held at the headquarters of the Jesuits Conference of Africa and Madagascar (JCAM) in Nairobi, Kenya to constitute a Synodality Resource Team (SRT) which is expected to deepen the engagement on the Synod on Synodality. Credit: ACI Africa

Laity in Africa Cautioned against Fostering Clericalism, Elevating “the Clergy too much”

Mar 17, 2023

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.

Archbishop Andrew Nkea Ifuanya of Cameroon's Archdiocese of Bamenda speaking during a Synodality Resources Team workshop in Nairobi. Credit: ACI Africa

Africa’s Synodality Resource Team to Develop Training Module for Deeper Engagement

Mar 16, 2023

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”.

Bishop Lucio Andrice Muandula among seven members of the newly established Preparatory Commission to facilitate the realization of the 16th Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops. Credit: ACI Africa

SECAM Vice President among Members of Newly Established Synod Preparatory Commission

Mar 16, 2023

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.

Members of the the African Synodality Initiative (ASI) at a workshop that was held at the headquarters of the Jesuits Conference of Africa and Madagascar (JCAM) in Nairobi, Kenya to constitute a Synodality Resource Team (SRT) which is expected to deepen the engagement on the Synod on Synodality. Credit: ACI Africa

“Abstract topic”: Archbishop, Others on Initial Misconceptions about Synodality in Africa

Mar 15, 2023

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.

Delegates from the Association of Member Episcopal Conferences in Eastern Africa (AMECEA) during the March 1-6 SECAM Plenary Assembly in Ethiopia’s capital city, Addis Ababa. Credit: ACI Africa

African Synodality Initiative to Form Expert Team in Deepening Synodal Engagements

Mar 7, 2023

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.

SECAM Plenary Assembly Ends with Commitment to “engender new forms of leadership”

Mar 6, 2023

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.

Delegates during the March 1-6 SECAM Plenary Assembly in Ethiopia’s capital city, Addis Ababa. Credit: ACI Africa

Women “already at the forefront of synodal practices”: Jesuit Leader in Africa, Madagascar

Mar 6, 2023

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.

Archbishop Antoine Camilleri addressing delegates during the opening ceremony of the March 1-6 SECAM Plenary Assembly taking place in Ethiopia’s capital city, Addis Ababa. Credit: ACI Africa

“Quintessentially ecclesial moment”: Apostolic Nuncio in Ethiopia on Synodal Process

Mar 5, 2023

The representative of the Holy Father in Ethiopia has cautioned against possible misinterpretations of the ongoing preparations for the Synod on Synodality.

Dr. Monique Nsanzabaganwa. Credit: ACI Africa

Synodal Process Can Help Address Challenges in Africa, African Union Official Says

Mar 5, 2023

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).

Mario Cardinal Grech addressing delegates during the opening ceremony of the March 1-6 SECAM Plenary Assembly taking place in Ethiopia’s capital city, Addis Ababa. Credit: ACI Africa

Official of Synod of Bishops Advocates for “An African theology of synodality”

Mar 4, 2023

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.

“Rooted in African anthropological principles”: SECAM President on Synodal Process

Mar 3, 2023

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.

Let’s Enlarge “space of our tents” for Growth, Salvation: SECAM Official on Synodality

Mar 2, 2023

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.

Panelists during the February 25 webinar of the Continental Stage of the Synod on Synodality. Credit: Paulines Publication Africa

Church in Africa “needs to continue to be open”: Catholic Priest on Synodal Process

Mar 1, 2023

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. 

Credit: SECAM

Scheduled SECAM Plenary Assembly to “prepare draft of African Synod Document”: Official

Feb 27, 2023

The Plenary Assembly of members of the Symposium of Episcopal Conferences of Africa and Madagascar (SECAM) scheduled to take place during the first week of March is to “prepare the draft of the African Synod Document”.

Official logo of the Synod on Synodality. Credit: Vatican Media

Vatican Wants Laity “to speak their minds” in Ongoing Synod on Synodality: Nuncio in Kenya

Feb 17, 2023

For the ongoing preparations for the Synod on Synodality to bear fruits for the Church in Africa and the whole world, the Vatican would like that the Laity “speak their minds” without feeling “intimidated”, the Apostolic Nuncio in Kenya has said.

Synod on Synodality logo / Courtesy USCCB

Synod on Synodality: North American Delegates Embark on Writing retreat

Feb 15, 2023

The delegates for North America are in Orlando, Florida, until Feb. 17 to work on composing a document called a continental synthesis.

Cardinal Jean-Claude Hollerich, archbishop of Luxembourg (left) and Cardinal Mario Grech, secretary general of the Synod of Bishops / Daniel Ibáñez/CNA

"We need time", Synod on Synodality Organizers Tell German-language Media

Feb 14, 2023

Cardinal Jean-Claude Hollerich of Luxembourg and Maltese Cardinal Mario Grech made their remarks in the wake of the recent European Continental Assembly in Prague.

Synod delegates listen to presentations at the European Continental Assembly in Prague on Feb. 7, 2023. / CCEE

European Catholics Debate Final Outcome of Synod on Synodality Assembly in Prague

Feb 9, 2023

European Catholics debated Thursday morning the contents of a final document that will influence the discussions of the Synod of Bishops at the Vatican in the fall.

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Synod on Synodality: Europe’s Continental Assembly in Prague discusses tensions in the Church

Feb 7, 2023

Two hundred delegates are meeting this week in the capital of the Czech Republic for the last stage of regional discussions in the Synod on Synodality.