Synod 2021-2024

  • Cardinal Raï at Mass: Synodal path helps us respond to global crises

    Oct 09, 2023

    Cardinal Béchara Boutros Raï, the Maronite Patriarch of Antioch, delivers the homily at daily Mass for Synod members, and urges Christians to imbibe a synodal way of living to confront the many issues that face our world.

  • Pope calls for prayers for peace and for the Synod

    Oct 09, 2023

    Recalling that the month of October is dedicated to the Holy Rosary, Pope Francis invites the faithful to pray for peace throughout the world, and invites them to entrust the ongoing Synod to the Holy Spirit.

  • Outcome of Synod will be welcomed as the ‘will of God,’ says African cardinal

    Oct 09, 2023

    A leading African prelate participating in the Synod on Synodality expressed confidence Saturday that the process’ outcome will be “welcomed by everyone as the will of God.”

  • Anna in Rome - Part 2

    Oct 08, 2023

    In this second installment, Anna Teresa Peter Amandus shares her experiences during the retreat prior to the synod and some of her challenges and learnings.

  • Bishops should get regular performance reviews

    Oct 06, 2023

    As the Synod on Synodality is currently underway, we have heard much talk from the information-gathering process about greater inclusion and diversity in Church governance. However, there has been little discussion about the shape of the Church hierarchy, particularly with respect to accountability

  • The living Church of the faith-filled and departed

    Oct 06, 2023

    A synodal Church must sincerely listen to the profound questions of truth, faith, and belonging of those Catholics who have walked away

  • Silence is essential for Christians

    Oct 06, 2023

    On the eve of his highly anticipated Synod of Bishops on Synodality, Pope Francis joined other Christian leaders in praying that the event will be a unifying process free from ideological polarisation.

  • Silence and listening: To let the Spirit speak

    Oct 06, 2023

    Vatican News Editorial Director reflects on Pope Francis' proposed method for members of the Synod General Assembly to take in their discernment and his invitation to journalists covering the event.

  • Ruffini on Synod: Church pausing to profoundly listen to one other

    Oct 06, 2023

    Paolo Ruffini, President of the Commission for Information of the Synodal Assembly, holds a briefing for journalists to explain the methodology of the Working Groups (Circuli Minores), and foresees press conferences after each module with Synod participants.

  • Nigerian Youth Choir welcomes Synod at the Ecumenical Prayer Vigil

    Oct 06, 2023

    Just before the Synod gathering began, a Nigerian Choir comprised primarily young people from the Nigerian Catholic community in Rome, Italy, delighted the Ecumenical Prayer Vigil at the Vatican with their African melodies prepared for the occasion.