Delegates vote to approve a synthesis report at the conclusion of the Synod on Synodality on Oct. 28, 2023. / Credit: Vatican Media

Theologians Conclude Evaluation of Synod Reports after Rome Meeting

Jun 14, 2024

A group of 20 theologians concluded an evaluation of 107 synod reports from national bishops’ conferences and Eastern Catholic Churches following meetings in Rome.

Pope Francis made his remarks on synodality during an annual meeting for moderators of international associations of the faithful, ecclesial movements, and new communities, organized by the Dicastery for Laity, Family, and Life on June 13, 2024. / Credit: Vatican Media

Synodality Moves us to Share in others’ Suffering: Pope Francis

Jun 13, 2024

Pope Francis said Thursday a synodal spirit asks us to react with empathy to the suffering and painful experiences of others.

Spiritans ministering in Kenya, who gathered for their Occasional Meeting at St. Austin's Msongari Parish of the Catholic Archdiocese of Nairobi on 9 April 2024. Credit: ACI Africa

We’re Called to Live Synodality in “international, intercultural communities”: Rome-based Priest to Spiritans in Kenya

Apr 9, 2024

The Church is inviting her members to promote, through practice, the spirit of Synodality, journeying and carrying out the mission of Jesus Christ through a collaborative approach, a Rome-based member of the Congregation of the Holy Spirit under the protection of the Immaculate Heart of Mary (Spiritans/Holy Ghost Fathers) has said.

Pope Francis at the Synod on Synodality’s closing Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica on Oct. 29, 2023. | Daniel Ibanez/CNA

Pope Launches Study Groups for Synod on Synodality's Key Issues, Announces Assembly Dates

Feb 17, 2024

The Vatican announced Saturday that Pope Francis has launched synodal study groups to analyze key issues ahead of October’s Synod on Synodality assembly.

Pope Francis at the Synod on Synodality’s closing Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica on Oct. 29, 2023. | Credit: Vatican Media

The First Synod on Synodality Assembly is Over. What Comes Next?

Oct 30, 2023

Much remains unclear about what concretely will take place in the year leading up to the second and final Synod on Synodality assembly in October 2024.

Bishops process into St. Peter's Basilica for the closing Mass of the first assembly of the Synod on Synodality on Oct. 29, 2023. | Vatican Media

Pope Francis at Synod Closing Mass: To Reform the Church, Adore God and Love Others

Oct 29, 2023

At the Synod on Synodality’s closing Mass, Pope Francis said that God’s love cannot be confined “to our own agenda” and that those who truly want to reform the Catholic Church should follow Jesus’ greatest commandment: to adore God and love others with his love.

Cardinal Fridolin Ambongo Besungu, archbishop of Kinshasa, speaks during a press briefing on the Amazon Synod at the Holy See Press Office on Oct. 22, 2019. Speaking at a press conference for the Synod on Synodality at the Vatican on Oct. 7, 2023, the Congolese cardinal said the initiative is providing “new ways to address problems, whatever they are” with “a spirit of synodality.” | Credit: Daniel Ibañez/CNA

Outcome of Synod Will be Welcomed as the "will of God,’" says African Cardinal

Oct 8, 2023

Congolese Cardinal Fridolin Ambongo Besungu described synodality as “a new way of being a Church.”

Cardinal Joseph Zen Ze-kiun departs the Pontifical Urbaniana University in Rome, Nov. 18, 2014. | Bohumil Petrik/CNA.

Chinese Cardinal Expresses Concerns about Synod on Synodality in Leaked Letter to Bishops

Oct 4, 2023

Just days before the Synod on Synodality kicked off its first round of meetings at the Vatican, a letter from Cardinal Joseph Zen was leaked to media.

Pope Francis speaks at the general audience on Aug. 23, 2023. | Vatican Media

Pope Francis: Synod "truly important" Despite Being "of little interest to general public"

Aug 26, 2023

Pope Francis acknowledged Saturday that the upcoming Synod on Synodality may be “of little interest to the general public,” but underlined that the synod is “truly important” for the Catholic Church.

Cardinal Jean-Claude Hollerich (right), relator general of Synod on Synodality, speaks to the media on June 20, 2023, at the temporary headquarters of the Holy See Press Office in Vatican City. Beside him is Cardinal Mario Grech, the Secretary General for the Synod of Bishops. | Daniel Ibáñez/CNA

Synod on Synodality Leaders:Full List of Delegates for October Assembly still Under review

Jun 21, 2023

Organizers of the Synod on Synodality on Tuesday announced a change of venue for the upcoming synodal assembly of bishops and other delegates being held in October but said that the full list of those participating in the monthlong event is still being prepared.

The Synod of Bishop at the Vatican, Oct. 5, 2018. | Vatican Media.

Vatican's Latest Document on Synod on Synodality: Here is What You Need to Know

Jun 20, 2023

The Vatican released a new document on June 20 outlining key questions for the upcoming 16th General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops, more commonly known as the Synod on Synodality. 

The opening day of the 15th Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops in the Vatican Synod Hall on Oct. 3, 2018. | Daniel Ibáñez/CNA.

Synod on Synodality Document Outlines Discussion Questions for October Assembly

Jun 20, 2023

In advance of a pivotal October assembly on synodality, a new Vatican document released Tuesday outlines key questions for what now promises to be a wide-ranging discussion on Pope Francis’ vision of a more inclusive, decentralized, and “listening” Church.

Fr. Simon Mavhiya. Credit: IMBISA

Catholic Priest in Zimbabwe Proposes Synodality in Journeying with Young Drug Addicts

Apr 9, 2023

The Church has the Synodal pastoral response at its disposal in accompanying young people who are struggling with drug abuse, a Catholic Priest in Zimbabwe has said.

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.

The Synod of Bishop at the Vatican, 5 October 2018. | Vatican Media.

Synod on Synodality: Vatican Reveals Framework for Next Stage of Discussions

Oct 27, 2022

The Vatican revealed on Thursday a key document to guide the next stage of discussions in the Synod on Synodality. 

Pope Francis delivered his Angelus address on 18 September 2022. | Vatican Media.

Pope Francis Announces Decision to Extend Synod on Synodality to 2024

Oct 16, 2022

Pope Francis announced on Sunday that the Synod on Synodality will be extended to 2024.  

Cardinal Mario Grech speaking at the press conference in the Vatican on Aug. 26, 2022. Vatican Media / YouTube Channel

Only Holy Spirit Will "hijack" Synod on Synodality: Cardinal at Vatican Press Conference

Aug 26, 2022

At a press conference in the Vatican on Friday, two cardinals introduced the “continental phase” of the Catholic Church’s Synod on Synodality — and assured journalists that the only one "hijacking" this synod will be the Holy Spirit.

Pope Francis lays hands on a Bangladeshi deacon as he ordains him to the priesthood during a Dec. 1, 2017, Mass in Dhaka. Vatican Media.

Prayer for Vocations 2022: Pope Francis Says "Church must become increasingly synodal"

May 6, 2022

The pope made the comment in his annual World Day of Prayer for Vocations message.

Pope Francis meets participants in the plenary assembly of the International Union of Superiors General on May 5, 2022. Vatican Media.

Pope Francis Encourages Religious Orders to "make their synodal journey"

May 5, 2022

The pope spoke off the cuff to members of the International Union of Superiors General.

Cardinal Kurt Koch and Cardinal Mario Grech. Daniel Ibáñez/CNA and Diocese of Gozo via Wikimedia (CC BY-SA 4.0).

Vatican Asks Catholic Bishops to Invite Local Protestant, Orthodox Leaders in Synodal Path

Jan 18, 2022

The letter was sent by Cardinal Kurt Koch and Cardinal Mario Grech.