Lubango, 01 July, 2023 / 9:00 pm (ACI Africa).
Archbishop Gabriel Mbilingi of Angola’s Lubango Archdiocese has underscored the value of the ongoing preparations for the Synod on Synodality and called for the embracing of its theme, which he said provides a path for the growth of the people of God.
In his homily during his pastoral visit to St. John the Baptist Mapunda Parish of his Metropolitan See on June 25, Archbishop Mbilingi made reference to the theme of the Synod on Synodality, “For a Synodal Church: Communion, Participation, and Mission”.
He said, “Strive for communion, participation and mission as the path for the growth of the community, in the context of the synodality of the Church.”
The Angolan member of the Congregation of the Holy Spirit (Spiritans/Holy Ghost Fathers/CSSp.) added that a “Bishop who visits the community journeys together in line with the Synod and asks that there be more communion, there be more participation.”
The unity that the Synodal process proposes, he said, “is not a unity that destroys diversity; it is a communion, like the communion of a body, where the members are distinct, but each member has its function, and if this function is not fulfilled, the body does not fulfill its mission.”