On Oct 17th Pope Francis launched an initiative for the whole Catholic Church worldwide to get involved with. Its called ‘Synodality’ and the three key words that inform the idea are ‘communion, participation, and mission’. The Synod prayer says in one line “Teach us the way we must go and how we are to pursue it”. It’s all about walking together, listening respectfully to every voice, and discerning together what God wants us, the people of God, the Church, to be today. The synod aims to shift the church toward a more decentralized model of decision-making by inviting laypeople and those who have not traditionally had a voice in church leadership into discussions on how the church can be more inclusive and collaborative. The three-step process includes a diocesan phase, running from October 2021 through to April 2022; a continental phase, spanning late 2022 and early 2023, and a final, universal phase, which will be a gathering of bishops and others in Rome in October 2023. Although the synod is unlikely to bring about a large-scale transformation of church structures, Pope Francis sees it as a necessary first step.
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