The next ordinary assembly of the Synod of Bishops will be held in 2022 but the theme has yet to be decided, the Vatican announced on Saturday. Source: CNA.
By Hannah Brockhaus, CNA
Pope Francis, who will decide the theme, was presented with three possible options by the council of the general secretariat of the Synod in a meeting last week.
An ordinary general assembly of the Synod of Bishops is usually convoked by the Pope every three years to discuss a matter of importance to the Church in general.
The last ordinary assembly was the 2018 Synod of Bishops on Young People, the Faith, and Vocational Discernment.
A statement released by the Vatican said Pope Francis chose to call the next ordinary assembly for 2022, at a space of four years instead of three from the previous one, “so as to ensure greater involvement of the whole Church in the preparation and celebration of the next ordinary Synod”.
The most recent Synod of Bishops was the 2019 Amazon Synod. A special assembly of the Synod, it focused on a specific geographical area of the Church, in this case, the Amazon region, which spans nine countries in South America.
The third type of synodal meeting the Pope can call is an extraordinary general assembly, which is organised in the case of an urgent matter.
The secretariat of the Synod of Bishops consists of a council led by Secretary-General Cardinal Lorenzo Baldisseri and Pro-Secretary General Bishop Mario Grech.
The secretariat met on February 6-7 for the purpose of communicating to Pope Francis ideas for the next Synod and to discuss the work carried out since the 2018 Youth Synod.
The statement did not indicate what themes were proposed to Pope Francis, but said the three were decided last year through consultations with bishops’ conferences, Synods of the Eastern Catholic Churches, dicasteries of the Roman Curia, and the Union of Superiors General.
Next Synod of Bishops in 2022; theme to be decided by Pope (Vatican News)