“The Church must become increasingly synodal,” Pope Francis says in his message for this Sunday’s World Day of Prayer for Vocations. Source: CNA.
In the message, released yesterday, comes as Catholics are participating in a global consultation process leading to the 2023 Synod on Synodality.
The Pope emphasised that vocations have a communal as well as a personal dimension.
He wrote: “Each of us shines like a star in the heart of God and in the firmament of the universe. At the same time, though, we are called to form constellations that can guide and light up the path of humanity, beginning with the places in which we live.
“This is the mystery of the Church: a celebration of differences, a sign, and instrument of all that humanity is called to be.
“For this reason, the Church must become increasingly synodal: capable of walking together, united in harmonious diversity, where everyone can actively participate and where everyone has something to contribute.”
The 59th World Day of Prayer for Vocations will take place on Sunday, the Fourth Sunday of Easter, also known as Good Shepherd Sunday. The annual event was launched by St Paul VI in 1964.
In the 1600-word message titled “Called to Build the Human Family”, Pope Francis also reflected “on the broader meaning of ‘vocation’ within the context of a synodal Church, a Church that listens to God and to the world”.
He underlined that the word “vocation” should not be understood as referring only to priests and religious.
“All of us are called to share in Christ’s mission to reunite a fragmented humanity and to reconcile it with God,” he said.