The Vatican announced Saturday that Pope Francis has launched synodal study groups to analyze key issues ahead of October’s Synod on Synodality assembly.
Wyatt Olivas, 19, approached Pope Francis to ask if the pontiff would sign a letter requesting a few days of rest after the Synod before Olives heads back to classes at the University of Wyoming.
Synod on Synodality delegates in Rome this month are participating in a “conversation in the Spirit,” a method of communal discernment.
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.
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.
The Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors has called on the synod to discuss sexual abuse this month.
The prayer service will take place just days before the launch of the 16th General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops in Rome over the course of October.
The Leadership of Morocco’s Rabat Archdiocese has announced the holding of the Second Diocesan Synod aimed at seeking new approaches to the apostolate of evangelization in the North African nation.
The Vatican announced Friday that the Synod of Bishops on synodality has been postponed to 2023, with a two-year consultative preparatory phase involving Catholic dioceses worldwide.
Cardinal Marc Ouellet announced Monday that the Vatican will host a theological symposium on the priesthood that will touch on questions raised in recent synods, including priestly celibacy, dwindling vocations, and the role of women in the Church.