Synod 2021-2024

  • Pope to Synod: The Holy Spirit guides us toward harmony and respectful listening

    Oct 05, 2023

    Pope Francis reminds the Synodal Assembly that the Holy Spirit is the Synod's protagonist, no one else, and calls for expressing one's self freely, while respectful listening to all, as he addressed the Opening of the XVI Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod on Synodality, which opened today in th

  • Paving the Way for a Synodal Church: An Integral Experience

    Oct 05, 2023

    The first General Congregation of the General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops begins with a focus on the integral experience of a synodal Church. Cardinal Hollerich encourages participants to draw from their collective synodal journey experiences and engage in communal discernment through "conversation in the Spirit" in preparation for further discussions.

  • US cardinal says his concerns about synod are sign of faith

    Oct 05, 2023

    Cardinal Burke, a former Vatican official now without a portfolio, spoke a day after making public the questions, called 'dubia'

  • Synod begins with focus on Holy Spirit and listening

    Oct 05, 2023

    Pope Francis opened the work of the assembly of the Synod of Bishops asking members to meditate on ancient theological texts about the Holy Spirit, have the courage to be honest about their disagreements and focus much more on listening than on sharing their opinions.

  • Cardinal Sebastian Francis: The Holy Spirit Will Not Fail the Church and Will Lead the Synod

    Oct 04, 2023

    Cardinal Sebastian Francis had the privilege of sharing his sentiments with Pope Francis himself after the Mass for the Opening of the Synod.

  • Pope at opening Mass for Synod: Let us walk with the Holy Spirit

    Oct 04, 2023

    Pope Francis presides at the Holy Mass in St Peter’s Square for the Opening of the XVI Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops, and invites the faithful to walk with the Holy Spirit, “in trust and with joy”.

  • Celebrating 125 years of the roots of Rome's San Gioacchino in Prati

    Oct 03, 2023

    The pandemic had prevented the Roman parish of San Gioacchino in Prati, in the shadow of the Vatican, from a meaningful tradition, but this year, ahead of the Synod in the Vatican, the parish's families and pastor, 'Padre Pietro,' join together to relaunch a special parish celebration full of faith and cheer.

  • World-Day of Nonviolence: A call for peaceful resolutions

    Oct 03, 2023

    The International Day of Nonviolence is not only to commemorate the birth of Mahatma Gandhi but also to celebrate the timeless principles he upheld, says António Guterres, the UN Secretary-General - values that include fairness, respect for others, and the effectiveness of nonviolent protest.

  • Anglican Archbishop: Synod prayer vigil “brings hope to the world"

    Oct 03, 2023

    Archbishop Ian Ernest speaks to Vatican News about the pre-synod ecumenical prayer vigil to be held in St Peter’s Square on Saturday evening, saying that, while it may be the first of its kind, he’s confident it won’t be the last.

  • Anna in Rome - Part 1

    Oct 02, 2023

    Anna Teresa Peter Amandus from the Diocese of Sandakan is one of the two Malaysian delegates from the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Malaysia-Singapore-Brunei (CBCMSB) chosen as voting members at the 16th Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops, Oct 4 – 29, 2023.