Pope: Celebrating Synod means walking together on the same road

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Pope: Celebrating Synod means walking together on the same road

October 11th, 2021  |  Synod

Pope Francis formally opened the Synod of Bishops on Sunday, 10 October, with a solemn Mass in St Peter’s Basilica. Faithful from around the world – including laymen and -women, priests, seminarians, women and men religious, cardinals and bishops – took part in the liturgy, which marked the beginning of a two-year synodal process. In […]


Pope on Synod: The participation of everyone, guided by the Holy Spirit

October 9th, 2021  |  Pope Francis, Synod, Synodal Journey

As the Universal Church is about to embark on the synodal journey, Pope Francis on Saturday, 9 October, invoked the Holy Spirit on the People of God so that they be able to move forward together, to listen to one another and discern our times, in solidarity with the struggles and aspirations of all humanity. […]


Approaches to the Synodal Pathway

October 5th, 2021  |  Synod, Synodal Journey

“As you know — it’s not a novelty — a synodal process is about to begin, a journey in which the whole Church is engaged around the theme: ‘For a Synodal Church: Communion, Participation, Mission,’ three pillars. Three phases are foreseen, which will take place between October 2021 and October 2023. This itinerary was thought […]


Armenian Synod elects new Catholicos-Patriarch of Cilicia

September 24th, 2021  |  Armenia, Christian Unity

The Synod of the Armenian Catholic Church, meeting this week in Rome, has elected Raphaël Bedros XXI Minassian as the 21st Catholicos-Patriarch. Source: Vatican News A ringing of bells in the patriarchal convent of Bzommar, Lebanon, announced the election of the Catholicos-Patriarch of Cilicia of Armenian Catholics: His Beatitude Raphaël François Minassian. He had served […]


Bishops’ Conference – Synodal Process

July 26th, 2021  |  Church, Synodal Journey

Introduction The title of the 2023 Synod of Bishops is For a Synodal Church: Communion, Participation, Mission. For the first time, the Synod Office in Rome has produced a comprehensive process which encompasses the stated aim of the Holy Father that the Church in today’s world should have a vision of missionary communion orientated to […]


For a Synodal Church: Communion, Participation, Mission

July 26th, 2021  |  Church, Synodal Journey

It’s an invitation for us, as Catholics, to ‘walk together’ and every member of the Church has the right to speak, and the obligation to allow those charged with the work of discernment the freedom to do so. For the first time, the Synod Office in Rome has produced a comprehensive process which encompasses the […]


Archdiocese of Liverpool’s Synod 2020 Recommendations Published

March 16th, 2021  |  Dioceses, Liverpool

News from the Archdiocese of Liverpool Liverpool Synod recommendations, to be voted on by Synod members in June, are now available along with resources to aid discussion and discernment. Overall there are 19 recommendations across a broad range of topics including evangelisation, spiritual formation, governance and synodality, property, and the place of the Church in […]


Environment Bishop asks Catholics to pray for ‘fruitful dialogue’ at Amazon Synod

October 4th, 2019  |  Environment

On the Feast Day of St Francis of Assisi – the patron saint of ecologists who had an unbreakable love for animals and nature – the Church’s lead bishop on the environment, Bishop John Arnold, has called on Catholics to take the lead to address the “ecological crisis”. “Today is the feast of Saint Francis […]


Bishops welcome Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation: Christus Vivit – Christ is Alive

April 2nd, 2019  |  Vatican

Exhortation: Christus Vivit


1980 Family Synod

November 30th, 2018  |  Marriage and Family Life

On 22 November 1981, the Apostolic Exhortation on the Christian Family in the Modern World, Familiaris Consortio, was published. To mark the 30th anniversary in 2011, the Marriage and Family Life Project Office has prepared a multimedia archive examining the Synod of Bishops on the Family in 1980 whose deliberations inspired the content and structure […]


Synod of Bishops on the Family 2014

November 30th, 2018  |  Family Synod, Marriage and Family Life

In this section you can read the synod’s preparatory document – or Lineamenta – and link out to a questionnaire to participate actively in preparation for the 2014 Synod. You can also look back on the last Synod of Bishops meeting on the family held in 1980 that resulted in the document Familiaris Consortio.


Cardinal: Bishops working on the Youth Synod’s final document for Pope Francis

October 22nd, 2018  |  Synod

Cardinal: Synod Week 3


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