The Secretary General of the Southern African Catholic Bishops’ Conference (SACBC) has said that the Synodal process in the three countries of the Conference, Botswana, Eswatini, and South Africa, allowed people an opportunity to gather together to discuss “a new way of being”.
An application of the “synodal process” in formation of candidates to Religious Life can go a long way in fostering vocations to Consecrated Life, a missionary Nun in Botswana has said.
The need to bring stability in family life, repairing families that are “broken”, is among the highlights of the ongoing preparations for the Synod on Synodality in South Africa’s Johannesburg Archdiocese, Archbishop Buti Joseph Tlhagale has said.
A Catholic Nun from Tanzania has challenged women and men Religious in Africa to use the ongoing preparations for the Synod on Synodality to showcase their “active role in the mission of evangelization”.
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.
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.
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.
The Catholic Bishop of Zambia’s Mansa Diocese has directed that the elderly in his Episcopal See are placed at the center of the ongoing conversations on the Synod on Synodality.
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.