The Vatican has issued the preparatory document and a handbook for dioceses as part of the Church’s preparation for the 2023 Synod of Bishops assembly on the theme “For a synodal church: communion, participation and mission”. Source: CNS.
“Pope Francis invites the entire Church to reflect on a theme that is decisive for its life and mission: It is precisely this path of synodality which God expects of the Church of the third millennium,” the new document said.
As such, the preparatory document and its questions are “at the service of the synodal journey, especially as a tool to facilitate the first phase of listening to and consulting the people of God in the particular churches in the hope of helping to set in motion the ideas, energy and creativity of all those who will take part in the journey, and to make it easier to share the fruits of their efforts,” it said.
The handbook offers guidelines for bishops and those helping facilitate the synodal process locally on how they can best listen to and consult with Catholics and the wider community, particularly those on the margins of society, as well as Christians and non-Christians.
The materials were released yesterday at a news conference at the Vatican and online in English and Spanish at the synod’s official website: synod.va/en.html
Pope Francis is scheduled to formally open the synod process at the Vatican on October 9, and the bishop of every diocese should open the process in his diocese on October 17. The diocesan phase runs until April.
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