Synod 2021-2024

  • Pope requests youngest Synod member be excused from classes

    Oct 27, 2023

    Wyatt Olivias, a 19-year-old student at the University of Wyoming, asked Pope Francis to sign a letter requesting he be excused from classes in order to rest after four weeks of work at the Synod General Assembly.

  • Fraternal delegates lend 'ecumenical character' to Synod press briefing

    Oct 27, 2023

    Thursday’s synod press briefing had a significant “ecumenical” character, with the Prefect of the Dicastery for Promoting Christian Unity and two non-Catholic “fraternal delegates” contributing to the discussion.

  • Pope: I like to think of the Church as God’s faithful people

    Oct 26, 2023

    In an intervention delivered at the beginning of Wednesday afternoon’s General Congregation of the General Assembly, Pope Francis highlights the description of the Church as God’s faithful people, infallible in believing.

  • Synod General Assembly to People of God: 'Church must listen to everyone'

    Oct 26, 2023

    Participants in the XVI Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops have approved a Letter to the People of God giving thanks for their experience, detailing the work of the past few weeks, and expressing the hope that in the coming months, everyone will be able to "concretely participate in the dynamism of missionary communion indicated by the word 'synod'".

  • Summary of the Synod press briefing on Wednesday

    Oct 26, 2023

    Cardinals Robert Prevost and Dieudonné Nzapalainga; Archbishop Timothy Broglio; and Doctor Nora Kofognotera Nonterah share their experiences of the General Assembly at Wednesday's press briefing at the Holy See Press Office.

  • Briefing: Synod to publish 'Letter to the People of God' on 25 October

    Oct 24, 2023

    At the daily Synod briefing for journalists, the President of the Commission for Information, Paolo Ruffini, shares that the "Synthesis Document" will be released on Saturday evening. Journalists hear from Cardinal Christoph Schönborn of Vienna, Cardinal Carlos Aguiar Retes of Mexico City; Cardinal Jean-Marc Aveline of Marseille, and Sr. Samuela Rigon, Superior General of the Congregation of the Sisters of the Sorrowful Mother and Professor at Rome's Pontifical Gregorian University.

  • Anna in Rome - Part 4

    Oct 23, 2023

    In this fourth part Anna Teresa Peter Amandus shares her experiences during the second week of the Synod.

  • Synod briefing highlights: A Church with the Poor

    Oct 23, 2023

    During Saturday's Synod briefing, speakers highlight topics ranging from the role of women to the defense of minors and vulnerable individuals, as participants prepared to recite the Rosary and pray for peace in St. Peter's Square on Saturday evening.

  • Listening and learning

    Oct 20, 2023

    Rather than seeing synodality as a way of changing the Church and its teaching, José Manuel De Urquidi came to understand it as a way of listening to people so the Church can better know how to help them encounter Christ.

  • A communion that radiates

    Oct 20, 2023

    Synodality for Asia is more than the Church existing for herself but for the sake of all. In a pluralistic Asian society, the Church seeks to continue spreading the gospel despite the challenges. Fr Dr Clarence Devadass, one of our Malaysian delegates at the Synod Assembly, spoke on ‘How can we be more fully a sign and instrument of union with God and the unity of all humanity’ from an Asian perspective.