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Appointment Synod

New Synod of Bishops role for Archbishop Costelloe

Pope Francis has appointed Perth Archbishop Timothy Costelloe SDB as a consultor of the General Secretariat of the Synod of Bishops. Source: ACBC Media Blog.

Reflection Synod

Religious leaders explore ‘gift of hope’ at Rome gathering

Religious congregational leaders from around the world met in Italy last month, to reflect upon the Synod on Synodality’s first assembly and to hear the wisdom of those who had participated, writes Sr Monica Cavanagh RSJ. Source: Pathways.


Pope to choose study topics for next Synod assembly

Pope Francis will provide input on the “big questions” to focus on at the next session of the Synod on Synodality next October, the Vatican revealed in a new document yesterday. Source: CNA.

Opinion Synod

Australia ‘punched well above its weight’ at Synod of Bishops

The Church in Australia played an outsized role in shaping the global consultation process for Pope Francis’ Synod of Bishops, writes Christopher White. Source: NCR Online. 

Bishops Synod

Holiness the measure of Synod proposals: Archbishop Fisher

Proposals from the Synod on Synodality can be judged by whether they call people to holiness, Sydney Archbishop Anthony Fisher OP writes in a pastoral letter published yesterday. Source: The Catholic Weekly.

Bishops Synod

We have to live in synodal Church to understand it: Archbishop Costelloe

Reflecting on last month’s Synod on Synodality assembly, Perth Archbishop Timothy Costelloe SDB described “being a synodal Church” as an experience that “we have to live in order to understand it”. Source: America Magazine.


To reform the Church, adore God and love others: Pope

At the Synod on Synodality’s closing Mass, Pope Francis said God’s love cannot be confined “to our own agenda” and to truly reform the Church, people should follow Jesus’ greatest commandment: to adore God and love others. Source: CNA.


Synod’s final report shows both agreement and divergences

A report summarising discussions at the Synod on Synodality’s first assembly said the Church may need more welcoming pastoral approaches, especially to people who feel excluded, but also acknowledged fears of betraying traditional Church teachings and practices. Source: CNS.


Synod participants write letter to the ‘People of God’

The Church must continue discerning its future by listening to everyone, starting with the poorest and excluded, Synod on Synodality participants said in a letter addressed to the “People of God”. Source: CNS.