In a video, the key words of the assembly beginning Oct. 4: listening, prayer, communion, confrontation, or "walking together"
Pope Francis proposed to synodal assembly to read the following collection of Patristic texts for the opening of the Synod's work.
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.
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 the Vatican.
Introducing the Synodal Assembly on synodality, the Synod’s General Secretary and the Relator General highlight the spirit of the synodal process and invite its members to listen to the Holy Spirit to understand God's will for the Church in the third millennium.
More than 21 million people in war-torn Yemen need help, as the country is immersed in one of the world's worst humanitarian crises. Caritas is providing help there, supporting health centres that have been devastated during the conflict.
A photo exhibition of 24 shots contrasts the effects of climate change with the hope generated by the emotions and feelings produced by God’s creation. It will be open for the duration of the XVI General Assembly of the Synod at the Vatican Press Office.
Caritas South Sudan has helped to transport and settle back home one hundred families of refugees who have returned from war-struck Sudan and were stranded for weeks in the South Sudanese city of Malakal.
Pope Francis has published an Apostolic Exhortation building on his 2015 encyclical. We’re not reacting enough, he says, we’re close to breaking point. He criticises climate change deniers, saying that the human origin of global warming is now beyond doubt. And he describes how care for our common home flows from the Christian faith.
In Pope Francis’ new Exhortation, he highlights the importance of global authorities capable of enforcing commitments, as well as the need for participation on the part of all.
In most communities on the Cabo Verdean islands of Santo Antão, São Vicente, São Nicolau, Santiago, Fogo and Brava, where the Franciscan Capuchins have a strong presence, the Franciscan spirit in October is joyfully commemorated.
The sub-regional consultative meeting of the Catholic bishops from Zambia, Malawi and Zimbabwe is set to take place from 15 to 19 July 2024 to discuss “various challenges” within the continent of Africa such as inequality, and concerns around the environment.
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”.
On Tuesday evening, Archbishop Jaime Spengler of Porto Alegre, Brazil, and President of the Latin American Episcopal Conference (CELAM), proclaims homily during the Holy Mass he celebrated for the synod members, fraternal delegates and special invitees currently on retreat prior to participating in the XVI Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops which begins tomorrow, 4 October.
After the ceremony in which Pope Francis created 21 new Cardinals, Tanzania’s new Cardinal, Protase Rugambwa, was celebrated in a thanksgiving ceremony organised by the Tanzanian community in Italy.
Ukraine's President, Volodymyr Zelensky, has made clear his nation expects to start talks on joining the European Union as early as this year despite divisions within the EU about that issue. Zelensky made the announcement after a surprise EU foreign ministers meeting in Ukraine's capital.
Ahead of the publication of Pope Francis’ Apostolic Exhortation updating the Laudato Si’ Encyclical the lead Bishop for Environmental Issues of the Bishops of England and Wales (CBCEW) says that it will be a further pressing call to address the current climate and environmental crisis with immediate action.
Reflecting on the day's Gospel, Benedictine nun and former abbess Mother Maria Ignazia Angelini offers a meditation prior to evening Mass on Tuesday, the third and final day of the retreat for participants in the upcoming General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops.
The Dicastery for the Doctrine of the faith has published a series of responses to questions posed by Cardinal Duka on behalf of the Czech Bishops conference. The questions concern the proper interpretation of the Apostolic Exhortation Amoris Laetitia.
The International Union of Superiors General (UISG) launches a list of migration policy recommendations to mark Italy’s National Day of Remembrance for migrants and refugees.