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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

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

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

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

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

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

Bishop Willybard Lagho of Kenya's Malindi Diocese. Credit: Courtesy photo

Inaugurated Synod Process in Kenyan Diocese to Include “those considered as outsiders”

The process of the Synod on Synodality inaugurated in the Catholic Diocese of Malindi in Kenya seeks to include “those considered as outsiders”, the Local Ordinary of the Kenyan Diocese has said. 

Maurice Cardinal Piat of Port Louis Diocese in Mauritius. Credit: Port Louis Diocese

Church Vitality “depends on your participation”: Mauritian Cardinal in Message for Synod

The need for the people of God in Mauritius to fully participate in the upcoming Synod on Synodality has been emphasized by the Bishop of Mauritius’ Port-Louis Diocese.

Bishop Joseph Mary Kizito of the Catholic Diocese of Aliwal in South Africa. Credit: Diocese of Aliwal

South African Diocese Embarks on Synod on Synodality Pre-Meetings ahead of Official Launch

The Catholic Bishop of South Africa’s Aliwal Diocese has, in a pastoral letter, announced pre-synod meetings in his Episcopal See to deliberate on Synod on Synodality ahead of its solemn opening in each particular Church planned for October 17.

Archbishop Ignatius Ayau Kaigama of Nigeria's Abuja Archdiocese. Credit: Archdiocese of Abuja

Put Borrowed Funds to “judicious, effective use”: Archbishop to Nigerian Government

Government officials in Nigeria have been cautioned against diverting externally borrowed funds and public resources to sustain their lavish lifestyles and instead use the money to develop the nation.

Bishop Maurice Muhatia of Kenya's Nakuru Diocese during the webinar was organized by the Paulines Publications Africa to create awareness on the Synod on Synodality that is set to solemnly open next month in Rome. Credit: Sr. Olga Massango

Synodal Process Not Advocating for “democratic Church”, Kenyan Catholic Bishop Clarifies

The Synod on Synodality specifically stands out for including the people of God at the local level in the decision-making processes of the Church. This, according to a Kenyan Catholic Bishop, does not however translate to some form of democracy where opinions will be accepted outside the hierarchical structures of the Church.

Synod on the Family meeting in the Synod Hall in Vatican City on Oct. 21, 2015./ L’Osservatore Romano.

Jesuit President in Africa Lauds Synod on Synodality, Says Process Not “one-off” Event

The President of Jesuit Conference of Africa and Madagascar (JCAM) has lauded the Synod on Synodality, which Pope Francis announced earlier this year to solemnly open next month, on 9–10 October 2021 in Rome.

The opening of the Amazon synod at the Vatican's Synod Hall, Oct. 7, 2019./ Daniel Ibáñez/CNA.

Members of Commissions Preparing 2023 Synod on Synodality Unveiled

The general secretariat of the Synod of Bishops on Tuesday named the members of three groups helping to prepare the 2023 synod on synodality.

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Vatican Asks all Catholic Dioceses to Take Part in Synod on Synodality

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.

Sr. Nathalie Becquart (third from left) poses with Pope Francis and others during the youth synod in 2018. Credit: Daniel Ibanez/CNA.

Religious Sister, Priest Named as Under-secretaries of Synod of Bishops

Pope Francis Saturday appointed a Spanish priest and a French religious sister as under-secretaries of the Synod of Bishops.

Participants in the Vatican Synod Hall during the Synod on the Family in Oct. 2014. Credit: Daniel/Ibanez/CNA.

Pope Francis Announces a 2022 Synod on Synodality

The next ordinary Synod of Bishops will be a synod on synodality, the Vatican announced March 7.