Cardinal Grech to monastic communities: Be custodians of ‘deep breath of prayer'

Cardinal Grech to monastic communities: Be custodians of ‘deep breath of prayer'
The General Secretary of the Synod of Bishops writes to monastic and contemplative communities, and urges them to be the custodians of the “deep breath of prayer” for the Church as she sets out on her synodal journey. Cardinal Mario Grech, the General Secretary of the Synod of Bishops, has addressed a letter to the men and women called to the monastic and contemplative life, as the Church begins its journey in a synodal process that opens in local Churches in October 2021 and concludes with the...

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Synodality: the fruit of prayer

Synodality: the fruit of prayer
News Release - Vatican City, 28 August 2021 See the Vaticannews highlight With little more than a month to go before the official opening (9-10 October 2021) of the synodal path (2021-2023), Cardinal Mario Grech, secretary general of the Synod of Bishops, launches a heartfelt appeal to "all brothers and sisters called to the monastic and contemplative life". In a letter sent to all monastic communities on the day the Church remembers St Augustine, Cardinal Mario Grech asks monks and...

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Sister Becquart: there is no synodality without spirituality

Sister Becquart: there is no synodality without spirituality
The Under-Secretary of the Synod of Bishops recalls the themes of the 1 July Day of Study and Reflection noting that as Pope Francis has stated, the synodal experience is a journey of listening to the Holy Spirit. Preparations for the Synod on Synodality to be held in Rome in October 2023 have already begun. The synodal journey will be inaugurated during a solemn ceremony in the Vatican, in the presence of the Pope on 9-10 October. However, the reflection on some essential aspects of the event...

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To dream together, to pray together and to work together

To dream together, to pray together and to work together
Letter to all consecrated men and women of Cardinal João Braz de Aviz, Prefect of the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life “Pray, reflect, discuss and share your experiences, insights and desires. Do it with the freedom of those who place their trust in God and are thus able to overcome timidity, a sense of inferiority or worse still, reproaches and complaints”. This is the invitation of Cardinal Braz de Aviz to all consecrated women and men of the...

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Cardinal Grech: The Church is synodal because it is a communion

Cardinal Grech: The Church is synodal because it is a communion
By Andrea Tornielli The Vatican dicasteries continue their service even during the summer period. However, there is one working group that has been in the eye of the storm for weeks: the General Secretariat of the Synod of Bishops, called to draft the preparatory document and to help the local Churches on a new path, one in which Pope Francis wants true participation from below. We spoke with Cardinal Mario Grech, the Secretary of the Synod of Bishops.   Your Eminence, how is the...

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Cardinal Jean Claude Hollerich appointed Relator General for the next Synod

Cardinal Jean Claude Hollerich appointed Relator General for the next Synod
The Holy Father has appointed His Eminence Cardinal Jean Claude Hollerich, Archbishop of Luxembourg, as Relator General of the XVI Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops. His Eminence Card. Hollerich, S.J., will participate in the meetings of the Ordinary Council in preparation for the next Synod of Bishops.   The article 13 of the Instruction on the Celebration of Synodal Assemblies and the Work of the General Secretariat of the Synod of Bishops mentions the following...

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Message from Card. Mario Grech to the Archdiocese of Liverpool after their Diocesan Synod

Message from Card. Mario Grech to the Archdiocese of Liverpool after their Diocesan Synod
MESSAGE OF THE GENERAL SECRETARY OF THE SYNOD OF BISHOPS CARDINAL MARIO GRECH TO THE ARCHDIOCESE OF LIVERPOOL It is with great pleasure that I take part in today’s meeting of your Diocesan Synod. I greet Archbishop Malcolm Patrick McMahon, Auxiliary Bishop Thomas Anthony Williams, the Moderator of the Synod, Father Philip Inch, and all of you who, in various ways, are involved in the synodal journey, as representatives of the various parishes and pastoral areas of the diocesan territory:...

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Cardinal Grech: Synod is fruit of dialogue among Bishops' conferences

Cardinal Grech: Synod is fruit of dialogue among Bishops' conferences
Cardinal Grech dicusses the process of inclusion between all Bishops Conferences prior to the next Synod of Bishops. Pope Francis has often said since the beginning of his papacy that the Church is a people on a journey and that its shepherds head the flock. The Church means people that follow the Holy the Spirit. This conviction is at the basis of an itinerary that will lead, in a new way with respect to the past, to prepare and then live the Synoda of Bishops in October 2023, following a path...

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The General Secretariat for the Synod launches a first consultation with the Bishops’ Conferences

The General Secretariat for the Synod launches a first consultation with the Bishops’ Conferences
Vatican City, 14 June 2021.- From Monday 14 to Thursday 17 June, the General Secretariat for the Synod of Bishops will meet bishops' conferences from all over the world Through a series of videoconferences, the Bishops’ Conferences gathered in linguistic groups will have the opportunity to discuss the synodal journey as described by the Document on the synodal process sent at the end of May. "Even before the official opening in October by Pope Francis, as the General Secretariat for the...

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Wonder, adoration, and the Synod

Wonder, adoration, and the Synod
Pope Francis' words at the Mass for the feast of Corpus Domini indicate the source of every authentic ecclesial journey. By Andrea Tornielli - Vatican News “If wonder and adoration are lacking, there is no road that leads to the Lord. Nor will there be the synod, nothing…” A phrase added off-the-cuff in the homily of the Mass for the feast of Corpus Domini says a lot about how the Pope sees the “process” to be launched for the next synod and for the synodal journeys already underway. And it...

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Interview with Card. Grech: The Transformation of the Synod to Create Space for the People of God

Interview with Card. Grech: The Transformation of the Synod to Create Space for the People of God
Interview with the General Secretary for the Synod of Bishops, Cardinal Grech. “… that every voice might be heard, the decision-making process in the Church always begins with listening… because only in this way can we understand how and where the Spirit wants to lead the Church.” ANDREA TORNIELLI The Synod becomes a space that helps the People of God hear the voice of the Spirit. This is the meaning of the innovations introduced in the new synodal process. Cardinal Mario Grech explains these...

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Press Release. XVI Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops

Press Release. XVI Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops
XVI Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops “For a synodal Church: communion, participation and mission”   Pope Francis, on the 24 April 2021, approved a new synodal programme for the XVI Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops. Initially the Synod, “For a synodal Church: communion, participation and mission,” was hoped to commence in the month of October 2022. The General Secretariat for the Synod of Bishops has proposed a new method for the journey toward the...

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Letter by Cardinal Mario Grech outlining the reasons for the recent announcement of the synodal process

Letter by Cardinal Mario Grech outlining the reasons for the recent announcement of the synodal process
Below is the letter of Cardinal Mario Grech, General Secretary for the Synod of Bishops, sent to all the bishops of the world. Vatican, 20 May 2021 Dear brother in the episcopate,     I am writing to you personally to send you the itinerary for the next Synod of Bishops, “For a Synodal Church: communion, participation, and mission,” which you will find in the attached documents. The Holy Father has asked me to share with every diocesan bishop his sincere desire that we...

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Message from Card. Grech on the occasion of the episcopal ordination of Bishop Marín

Vatican City, 11th April, 2021 MESSAGE Just as in today's Gospel, the apostle Thomas on his own - separated from the others - could not discern the presence of the Risen Lord but only recognized Him when he was in communion with the college of the apostles, on the day of his episcopal ordination, I wish His Lordship Msgr. Luis Marín de San de Martín OSA, Under-Secretary of the General Secretariat of the Synod of Bishops, that in virtue of his “officium amoris" today entrusted to him by...

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Interview of Sister Nathalie Becquart with News Nightly - EWTN

Interview of Sister Nathalie Becquart with News Nightly - EWTN
(EWTN).- For the first time ever, the Vatican has recently appointed a woman to a role on the Synod of Bishops. Sister Nathalie Becquart is one of two under-secretaries of the synod, which is a meeting of bishops composed to speak about a particular doctrine in the Church. They will work with Cardinal Mario Grech to prepare the Vatican's forthcoming synod on synodality, scheduled for October 2022. Sr. Nathalie joins to tell us about her new role and whether she was surprised when the Vatican...

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Video. Webinar: “An equal future in a COVID-19 world: Champions of Change Choosing to Challenge.”

Video. Webinar: “An equal future in a COVID-19 world: Champions of Change Choosing to Challenge.”
Webinar: “An equal future in a COVID-19 world: Champions of Change Choosing to Challenge.” (https://holysee.embassy.gov.au).- Ambassador Porro moderated a panel who spoke about the winds of change and support for women in leadership within the Holy See, as encouraged by Pope Francis. An audience of over 130, drawn from the Curia, Holy See Diplomatic Corps, religious and lay communities, NGOs and media participated as Ambassador Porro challenged the panel to reflect on the changes that have...

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Cardinal Mario Grech: Women – Agents of Change in the Church

Cardinal Mario Grech: Women – Agents of Change in the Church
Women – Agents of Change in the Church Address of Cardinal Mario Grech Webinar organized by the Australian Ambassador to the Holy See, H.E. Chiara Porro International Women’s Day, March 8, 2021 Your Excellency Thank you for your kind invitation to speak today on the occasion of the International Women’s Day 2021 which has the words “choose to challenge” as its theme– a theme that invites us to reflect on how a challenge could be an occasion for change. When I received your invitation, I was...

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Towards a Synodal Irish Church

Towards a Synodal Irish Church
Towards a Synodal Irish Church Address of Cardinal Mario Grech to the Bishops of Ireland February 3, 2021 Dear brothers,   It is a privilege for us, Sr. Nathalie Becquart and me, to participate in this meeting. Indeed, from the recent contacts I had with some of you I got the feeling that like Pope Francis you are “dreaming a mission option” - you are gearing up to take on a missionary attitude and help the Church in Ireland to go out and reach the fringes of humanity! Some may get...

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Appointment of under-secretaries of the Synod of Bishops

Appointment of under-secretaries of the Synod of Bishops
The Holy Father has appointed as under-secretaries of the Synod of Bishops the Reverend Fr. Luis Marín de San Martín, O.S.A., until now general assistant of the Order of Saint Augustine, at the same time raising him to the titular see of Suliana, and the Reverend Sr. Nathalie Becquart, Xavière, former director of the National Service for the Evangelisation of young people and for vocations of the Bishops’ Conference of France. Curriculum vitae of Msgr. Luis Marín de San Martín,...

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Sr Nathalie Becquart, Under-secretary

Sr Nathalie Becquart, Under-secretary
RESUME Sr Nathalie Becquart, xmcj Born in 1969 (Fontainebleau France) 1989-1992  Graduated HEC school of management (world-class business school) = Master in Management with a specialization in Entrepreneurship - Jouy-en-Josas, France 1991-1992 Philosophy studies in Sorbonne University-  Paris, France 1992-1993 Volunteer year in Beyrouth, Lebanon : Professor of Mathematics and French in a Catholic High School (Nazareth School) + Philosophy and theology courses at ISSR-St Joseph...

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Interview with the General Secretary of the Synod of Bishops on the appointment of two new Under-secretaries

Interview with the General Secretary of the Synod of Bishops on the appointment of two new Under-secretaries
Cardinal Grech: The Church is reinforcing its commitment to grow in synodality An interview with the General Secretary of the Synod of Bishops on the appointment of two new Under-secretaries who will work alongside him so that the Church becomes ever more synodal, as Pope Francis desires. This step forward is very important. It reinforces the General Secretariat of the Synod and provides renewed impetus toward a synodal and missionary Church. So comments Cardinal Mario Grech to Vatican Media,...

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Note of the Secretary General of the Synod of Bishops on the occasion of the nomination of two under-secretaries

Note of the Secretary General of the Synod of Bishops on the occasion of the nomination of two under-secretaries
It is with joy in our hearts that we welcome the gift that the Holy Father, Pope Francis, has given us today with the nomination of H.E. Mgr. Luis Marin de San Martin OSA and Sr Nathalie Becquart, XMCJ, as Under-secretaries of the General Secretariat of the Synod of Bishops. There are two, rather than only one as in the past, as testimony to the task of building up an authentically synodal Church, something that is important and much needed. For our Secretariat their arrival is an invitation to...

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Bishop Luis Marín de San Martín, Under-secretary

Bishop Luis Marín de San Martín, Under-secretary
Luis Marín de San Martín was born in Madrid, Spain on August 21, 1961. He professed temporary vows in the Order of St. Augustine on September 5, 1982 and solemn vows on November 1, 1985. From 1982 to 1988 he studied Philosophy and Theology in the Seminario Mayor Tagaste (Los Negrales, Madrid). He was ordained a priest on June 4, 1988 by Mons. Francisco José Pérez y Fernández-Golfín, auxiliary bishop of Madrid. He belongs to the Augustinian Province of San Juan de Sahagún in Spain. He received a...

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Cardinal Mario Grech Discusses His New Role and His Vision for the Church

Cardinal Mario Grech Discusses His New Role and His Vision for the Church
Cardinal Mario Grech Discusses His New Role and His Vision for the Church  Cardinal Mario Grech, Archbishop of Gozo in Malta, was one of the thirteen new cardinals created by Pope Francis on November 28th in St. Peter's Basilica. Rome Correspondent, Colm Flynn sat down with him to talk about his new role as a cardinal and his vision for the Church today. Cardinal Grech discusses what the moment he received the news by telephone that he had been chosen to be a cardinal was like. The...

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Cardinal Grech: In encountering each person we come closer to Jesus

Cardinal Grech: In encountering each person we come closer to Jesus
Cardinal Mario Grech describes the latest consistory and speaks of how Pope Francis’ most recent words have resonated with him “I felt that Jesus’ eyes were set again on me, to recreate me again as a Christian” says Cardinal Mario Grech describing his experience at the consistory on 28 November. Cardinal Grech became President of the Synod of Bishops just one month ago. “This means I have another calling, another opportunity to say 'yes' to this call so that I can follow Jesus and be his...

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Address of H.E. Mario Cardinal Grech to the Holy Father during the Consistory

Address of H.E. Mario Cardinal Grech to the Holy Father during the Consistory
Consistory for the Creation of Cardinals 28 November 2020 Address of H.E. Mario Cardinal Grech Altar of the Chair, St Peter’s Basilica Vatican City (traduzione dall’originale in lingua italiana) Your Holiness, Called together in a Consistory during such a grave time for all of humanity due to the current pandemic, we wish to extend our thoughts to all of our brothers and sisters who are suffering. The dramatic circumstances that the Church and the world are living, challenge us to offer a...

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Pope Francis reflects about Synodality

Pope Francis reflects about Synodality
[Extract] We find here four essential characteristics of ecclesial life: listening to the apostles’ teaching, first; second, the safeguarding of mutual communion; third, the breaking of the bread; and fourth, prayer. They remind us that the Church’s existence has meaning if it remains firmly united to Christ, that is, in community, in His Word, in the Eucharist and in prayer – the way we unite ourselves to Christ. Preaching and catechesis bear witness to the words and actions of the Teacher;...

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Cardinal-designate Grech: in service of the synodality of the Church

Cardinal-designate Grech: in service of the synodality of the Church
Following Pope Francis’ announcement of 13 new Cardinals on 25 October, Cardinal-designate Bishop Mario Grech speaks to Vatican News on his new role and hopes to contribute to promoting Pope Francis' pastoral vision for the Church. Pope Francis, during the Sunday Angelus on 25 October, announced the names of 13 new cardinals. Among them are Bishop Mario Grech, General Secretary of the Synod of Bishops and Bishop emeritus of the Diocese of Gozo in Malta. The new Cardinals-designate will be...

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Interview of Bishop Mario Grech with The Malta Independent journal

Interview of Bishop Mario Grech with The Malta Independent journal
Watch: ‘Call me Don Mario’ – Cardinal-elect wants to retain sense of simplicity “I feel blessed,” Cardinal-elect Mario Grech told The Malta Independent, adding that he understands the importance of the role he has been given but wants to keep his sense of simplicity. “When I am addressed as ‘Your Eminence’ at the Vatican I always tell them to call me Don Mario,” he said. The Vatican last Sunday announced that Grech, who a few weeks ago was appointed secretary general of the Synod of Bishops,...

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An interview of Civiltà Cattolica to Bishop Mario Grech, new secretary of the Synod of Bishops

An interview of Civiltà Cattolica to Bishop Mario Grech, new secretary of the Synod of Bishops
Bishop Mario Grech is the new secretary general of the Synod of Bishops. Born in Malta in 1957, he was appointed Bishop of Gozo in 2005 by Benedict XVI. From 2013 to 2016 he was president of the Episcopal Conference of Malta. On October 2, 2019, Pope Francis appointed him pro-secretary general of the Synod of Bishops. In this capacity he participated in the Synod on the Amazon. Bishop Grech’s pastoral experience is extensive. His friendliness and ability to listen to questions prompted us to...

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Resignation and appointment of secretary general of the Synod of Bishops

Resignation and appointment of secretary general of the Synod of Bishops
Resignation and appointment of secretary general of the Synod of Bishops Yesterday, 15 September 2020, the Holy Father accepted the resignation from the office of secretary general of the Synod of Bishops presented by His Eminence Cardinal Lorenzo Baldisseri, and at the same time appointed Bishop Mario Grech, emeritus of the diocese of Gozo, formerly pro-secretary general of the same Synod of Bishops, as secretary general of the Synod of Bishops.   Source: Press Office /photo: synod.va ...

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A word of thanks from Bishop Grech to Cardinal Baldisseri

A word of thanks from Bishop Grech to Cardinal Baldisseri
September 15th 2020 Your Holiness, Most Reverend Eminence, Most Reverend Excellency, Most Reverend Monsignors, Dear collaborators,    I remember that at the beginning of my episcopal ministry in the diocese of Gozo, I had hoped that my first pastoral letter would be on the ‘Church’ because I believed, and still believe, that our pastoral action will be designed and verified according to the type of ecclesiology we cultivate. I could not write that pastoral letter, but the theme of the...

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Synodality: A path for renewing both the church and society

Synodality: A path for renewing both the church and society
Bishop Mario Grech Administrator of Gozo and Pro-Secretary for Synod of Bishops wrote the following to the clergy of his diocese, “one would be committing suicide, if, after this pandemic, one were to return to the same pastoral models.” This reflection arises from the recent challenges and limitations for pastoral work during the COVID-19 pandemic. L’Osservatore Romano and Vatican News report that this crisis “… has shaken foundations we thought were immovable, as we have seen in the economic...

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Synod of Bishops to take up theme of synodality in 2022

Synod of Bishops to take up theme of synodality in 2022
Pope Francis has chosen “For a synodal Church: communion, participation, and mission” as the theme for the next Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops. In a formal declaration released on Saturday morning, Cardinal Lorenzo Baldisseri, the Secretary General of the Synod of Bishops, announced that Pope Francis will convene the XVI Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops in October 2022, with the theme, “For a synodal Church: communion, participation and mission”. Synodality:...

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Theme for the 16th Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops

Theme for the 16th Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops
Press Release of the 16th Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops 07.03.2020 The General Secretary of the Synod of Bishops, His Eminence Cardinal Lorenzo Baldisseri, has announced that Pope Francis has convoked the 16th Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops, which will be held in the month of October 2022 on the theme: “For a synodal Church: communion, participation and mission”.     ...

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MESSAGE ON THE GRAVE CONSEQUENCES OF THE MASS MOVEMENT OF PEOPLE ACROSS THE WORLD

MESSAGE ON THE GRAVE CONSEQUENCES OF THE MASS MOVEMENT OF PEOPLE ACROSS THE WORLD
MESSAGE OF THE XV ORDINARY COUNCIL OF THE GENERAL SECRETARIAT OF THE SYNOD OF BISHOPS ON THE GRAVE CONSEQUENCES OF THE MASS MOVEMENT OF PEOPLE ACROSS THE WORLD 15/02/2020 The XV Ordinary Council of the General Secretariat of the Synod of Bishop, headed by Pope Francis, gathered in Rome 6 and 7 February. Amongst various topics, it reflected upon the grave consequences of the phenomenon of mass migration in different places across the world. The causes for this mass movement are varied: war,...

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Next Synod of Bishops in 2022; theme to be decided by Pope

Next Synod of Bishops in 2022; theme to be decided by Pope
At a meeting of the Secretariat of the Synod of Bishops, Pope Francis decided that the 16th Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops will be held in two years’ time, in autumn. He will decide on one of three themes presented to him. The next ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops has been scheduled for "for autumn 2022", to ensure a "greater involvement" of the whole Church "in the preparation and celebration" of the synod, said a note from the...

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Proceedings of the Seminar “Toward the Special Synod for the Amazon: Regional and Universal Dimensions.”

Proceedings of the Seminar “Toward the Special Synod for the Amazon: Regional and Universal Dimensions.” Organised by the General Secretariat of the Synod for Bishops. [Download here ] Presentation The recent reform of the norms of the Synod as found in Pope Francis’ recent Apostolic Constitution, Episcopalis Communio, help us to understand that Synods are not an event but rather a process, a journey. One sees this reality in the etymology of the word Synod, syn-hodos, walking...

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The meaning of Synodality

The meaning of Synodality
As the 2018 synod of bishops considers a draft text of the meeting’s final document, discussion has turned to the nature of the synod itself. According to early reports, the third section of the final document focuses on the concept of “synodality.” What is “synodality?” The term is often used to describe the process of fraternal collaboration and discernment that bodies like the synod were created to express. But some critics have suggested that the term is vaguely defined, and could be used...

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An interview with the Pro-Secretary General of the Synod of Bishops on the value of synodality in Pope Francis’ Pontificate

An interview with the Pro-Secretary General of the Synod of Bishops on the value of synodality in Pope Francis’ Pontificate
Grech: A Synod is always a missionary crossroad for the Church An interview with the Pro-Secretary General of the Synod of Bishops on the value of synodality in Pope Francis’ Pontificate and his experience of the Amazonian Synod. The Holy Father’s intention in appointing Bishop Mario Grech as Pro-Secretary General of the Synod of Bishops last 2 October was “explicitly synodal”. In fact, since he will be taking on the leadership of the General Secretary of the Synod, right after his appointment...

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Appointment of bishop Mario Grech as Pro-Secretary General of the Synod of Bishops

Appointment of bishop Mario Grech as Pro-Secretary General of the Synod of Bishops
“The episcopal communion, with Peter and under Peter, is manifested in a way particular to the Synod of Bishops, that, instituted by Paul VI, 15 September 1965, constitutes one of the precious fruits of the Second Vatican Council.” Thus begins the incipit of the Apostolic Constitution, Episcopalis communio promulgated by Pope Francis 15 September 2018. The Holy Father thus reemphasises the importance of the Synod of Bishops as desired by Pope Paul VI. Explaining the importance of this organism...

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Address of His Holiness Pope Francis To The Members Of The Permanent Synod Of The Greek-Catholic Church Of Ukraine

ADDRESS OF HIS HOLINESS POPE FRANCIS TO THE MEMBERS OF THE PERMANENT SYNOD OF THE GREEK-CATHOLIC CHURCH OF UKRAINE Bologna Hall Friday, 5 July 2019 Address of the Holy Father Beatitude, dear Brother Major Archbishop, Eminences, Excellencies, dear Brothers! It was my wish to invite you here to Rome for fraternal sharing, also with the superiors of the competent dicasteries of the Roman Curia. I thank you for accepting the invitation; it is good to see you. Ukraine has for some time been...

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Instruction on the Celebration of Synodal Assemblies

Instruction on the Celebration of Synodal Assemblies
The Instruction on the celebration of the Synodal Assemblies and on the activity of the General Secretariat of the Synod of Bishops was published 1st October 2018, in accordance with art. 26 of the new Apostolic Constitution of Pope Francis Episcopalis communio (September 15th 2018). The Instruction is essentially practical in character and, for this reason, must be read and understood in the light of Episcopalis communion from which it originates. Since the recent Apostolic...

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Pope Francis. Angelus on Sunday 28th October 2018

POPE FRANCIS       ANGELUS Saint Peter's Square Sunday, 28 October 2018   Dear Brothers and Sisters, Good morning! But it does not seem so good! [amid wind and rain] This morning, in Saint Peter’s Basilica, we celebrated the closing Mass of the Assembly of the Synod of Bishops dedicated to young people. The first Reading, from the prophet Jeremiah (31:7-9), was particularly in tune with this moment, because it is a word of hope that God gives to his people. A...

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Preparatory Document from the Synod for the Amazon

Preparatory Document from the Synod for the Amazon
Preparatory Document Amazonia: New Paths for the Church and for an Integral Ecology Preamble             In accordance with the proclamation by Pope Francis on October 15, 2017, the Special Assembly of the Synod of Bishops, called to reflect on the theme: New Paths for the Church and for an Integral Ecology, will take place in October 2019. New paths for evangelization must be designed for and with the People of God who live in this region:...

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Synodality In The Life And Mission Of The Church. By the International Theological Commission

Synodality In The Life And Mission Of The Church. By the International Theological Commission
SYNODALITY IN THE LIFE AND MISSION OF THE CHURCH INTERNATIONAL THEOLOGICAL COMMISSION        PRELIMINARY NOTE During its 9th Quinquennium, the International Theological Commission undertook a study of synodality in the life and mission of the Church. The work was carried out by a specific sub-committee, whose president was Mgr. Mario Ángel Flores Ramos and whose members were Sr. Prudence Allen RSM, Sr. Alenka Arko of the Loyola Community, Mgr....

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Bishop Fabio Fabene

Bishop Fabio Fabene
His Excellency Monsignor Fabio Fabene (born 12 March 1959) has been the Under-Secretary of the General Secretariat of the Synod of Bishops since his appointment on 8 February 2014 by Pope Francis Fabene studied at the minor seminary in the diocese of Montefiascone. He went on to complete his studies in theology at the Pontifical Regional Seminary in Viterbo and was ordained a priest for the diocese of Montefiascone on 26 May 1984. He was sent to Rome where he earned a...

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Synodality and Primacy During The First Millennium: Towards a Common Understanding in Service to the Unity of the Church

SYNODALITY AND PRIMACY DURING THE FIRST MILLENNIUM: TOWARDS A COMMON UNDERSTANDING IN SERVICE TO THE UNITY OF THE CHURCH Chieti, 21 September 2016 We declare to you what we have seen and heard so that you also may have communion [koinonia] with us; and truly our communion [koinonia] is with the Father and with his Son Jesus Christ. We are writing these things so that our joy may be complete.’ (1 Jn 1:3-4) 1. Ecclesial communion arises directly from the Incarnation of the eternal Word of...

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Ceremony Commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the Institution of the Synod of Bishops

Ceremony Commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the Institution of the Synod of Bishops
CEREMONY COMMEMORATING THE 50th ANNIVERSARY OF THE INSTITUTION OF THE SYNOD OF BISHOPS ADDRESS OF HIS HOLINESS POPE FRANCIS Paul VI Audience Hall Saturday, 17 October 2015   [ DE  - EN  - ES  - FR  - IT  - PT ] Your Beatitudes, Your Eminences, Your Excellencies, Brothers and Sisters,   As the Ordinary General Assembly is in full session, this commemoration of the fiftieth anniversary of the...

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Interview With Pope Francis by Fr Antonio Spadaro - 19/08/2013

INTERVIEW WITH POPE FRANCIS by Fr Antonio Spadaro It is Monday, Aug. 19, 2013. I have an appointment with Pope Francis at 10 a.m. in Santa Marta. I, however, inherited from my father the habit of arriving early for everything. The people who welcome me tell me to make myself comfortable in one of the parlors. I do not have to wait for long and after a few minutes I am brought over to the lift. This short wait gave me the opportunity to remember the meeting in Lisbon of the editors of a number...

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Papal Mass on the Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul. Imposition of the Sacred Pallium on Metropolitan Archbishops

Papal Mass on the Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul. Imposition of the Sacred Pallium on Metropolitan Archbishops
PAPAL MASS ON THE SOLEMNITY OF SAINTS PETER AND PAUL IMPOSITION OF THE SACRED PALLIUM ON METROPOLITAN ARCHBISHOPS HOMILY OF POPE FRANCIS Vatican Basilica Saturday, 29 June 2013 Your Eminences, Your Eminence, Metropolitan Ioannis, My Brother Bishops and Priests, Dear Brothers and Sisters We are celebrating the Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul, Apostles, principal patrons of the Church of Rome: a celebration made all the more joyful by the presence of bishops from throughout the...

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