A Vatican office sent dozens of theologians and pastoral workers to refugee camps, prisons, shelters, street corners and markets in 40 cities and towns on every continent to listen to the faith experiences and, especially, the faith questions of people often tossed aside or ignored by society and even the Catholic Church.
Questions of faith: Vatican project sends theologians to ‘the margins’
Catholic leaders want Latin American church that’s synodal, reaches out
Among the challenges identified during the process of the Latin American church’s First Ecclesial Assembly were social and economic inequalities exacerbated by the pandemic.
Synod reports show enthusiasm for mission, but also identify obstacles
The reports sent to the Vatican from local and national listening sessions show “a deep, deep hunger for a new confidence in the church, a confidence in its ability to proclaim the Gospel to a world so deeply in need.”
Enlarge the tent: Synod document sees desire for greater inclusion
The document released Oct. 27 is the result of a group reflection on the syntheses of synod discussions submitted by 112 of the world’s 114 bishops’ conferences, all 15 Eastern churches, 17 of the 23 dicasteries of the Roman Curia, the men’s and women’s international unions of superiors general, dozens of Catholic associations and more than 1,000 individuals.
Pope asks missionaries to help laity take responsibility for church
“An essential element of the synodal journey is the development of a greater sense of co-responsibility of the lay faithful for the life and future of the church,” the pope said Oct. 20.
Joining forces: Fostering a strong connection between synodality, Eucharistic Revival
“Focusing on encountering Jesus, the role of listening is at the heart of this movement. How can we prepare and open ourselves to him? How can we reflect the love he shares with us with others?”
Vatican II and the synod: Openness to Spirit brings harmony, official says
Before the end of October, the synod office will release its “Document for the Continental Phase” of the synod, echoing the themes that emerged from all the national syntheses of synod listening sessions and the contributions of religious orders, Catholic movements, Vatican dicasteries and nuncios from around the world.
Dream of ‘synodality’ is a fruit of Vatican II, cardinal writes
Marking the 60th anniversary of the opening of the Second Vatican Council, Cardinal Mario Grech said that while “synodality” was not a term used by the council, it reflects the council’s vision of the church.