American Jewish Committee awarded Patriarch Bartholomew I the Human Dignity Award
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.
Baltimore parishes enthusiastically embark along the synodal way
Cardinal Mario Grech gives his worldwide perspective on synodality — the involvement and participation of all people of God in the life of the Church
Stepping up in a tense situation on a bus
Why do we like what we like? The heart has its own reasons
Synods have a long tradition in the Church, but Pope Francis just revamped the process
Focolare’s president on how the spirituality of unity helps foster a synodal mentality
Chiara Lubich was founder and first president of the Focolare Movement, and a prolific writer. We keep celebrating the centennial of her birth (1920) by retracing key moments in her life.
Part 15: 1988–1990
A simple but delicious recipe to keep us warm and nourished during the month of January
A trip with an exceptional guide shows a wealth of fauna, landscapes, languages and traditions that conquer the heart