What’s behind Synod 2021-23?
A synod used to be a meeting of bishops that ended with formal documents promulgated upon their return to their respective dioceses. The new Synod 2021–23 is a return to the experience of the early church, when the whole community of faithful participated. Pope Francis is now inviting the whole Church to take part within each diocese, creating spaces to recognize the signs of the times, listen to the Holy Spirit’s promptings and develop a response that meets the needs of today. The official document explains: “The people of God are not static: they are on the move, in direct reference to the etymology of the word synod, which means walking together.” Reflections by several people on this issue reveal a growing enthusiasm about the synodal process, which should lead to a revitalization of the universal Church.
“Some people are still reluctant to get together, while others think that the pandemic is practically over. How can I build a bridge with friends from both sides?” M. V.
Cardinal Mario Grech gives his worldwide perspective on synodality — the involvement and participation of all people of God in the life of the Church
Going beyond the usual, a hotel worker loves a guest until the end
Baltimore parishes enthusiastically embark along the synodal way