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Vatican asks all Catholic dioceses to take part in synod on synodality

The synod will officially open with a “diocesan phase” in October. Read more

Sr. Nathalie Becquart (third from left) poses with Pope Francis and others during the youth synod in 2018. Credit: Daniel Ibanez/CNA.

Pope Francis names religious sister, priest as under-secretaries of the Synod of Bishops

Pope Francis Saturday appointed a Spanish priest and a French religious sister as under-secretaries of the Synod of Bishops.  Read more

Bishop Mario Grech, secretary general of Synod of Bishops.

Pope Francis appoints Maltese bishop as secretary general of Synod of Bishops

Pope Francis appointed a new secretary general of the Synod of Bishops Wednesday.  Read more

Participants in the Vatican Synod Hall during the Synod on the Family in Oct. 2014.

Pope Francis announces a 2022 synod on synodality

The next ordinary Synod of Bishops will be a synod on synodality, the Vatican announced March 7.  Read more

Pope Francis leads a prayer at the start of the 2018 youth synod. CNA file photo.

Next ordinary synod of bishops to be held in 2022

The next ordinary assembly of the synod of bishops is to be held in the fall of 2022, according to... Read more

Fr. Giacomoo Costa, S.J., communications secretary for the Amazon synod, speaks during a press briefing at the Holy See press office, Oct. 23, 2019.

Amazon synod final report an 'instrument', communications official says

As the Amazon synod nears a close, a communications official downplayed Wednesday the importance of the assembly’s final report, saying... Read more

Missionary: Married priests in Amazon wouldn't get to the root of the problem

A South American missionary to Angola who is participating in the Amazon Synod at the invitation of the pope has... Read more

A wooden cross in the rainforest. Stock photo via Shutterstock

Eucharistic yuca not on the table at Amazon synod, Vatican says

Vatican officials have said there are no plans to discuss changing the matter of the Eucharist during an upcoming synod... Read more

Pope Francis bowed in prayer in St. Peter's Basilica September 2015.

Pope Francis prays for victims of synagogue shooting

“May the The Most High welcome the dead in his peace, comfort their families and support the wounded,” Pope Francis... Read more

Prayer at 2018 Synod of Bishops closing Mass Oct. 28.

Synod letter to young people: Our sins must not be an obstacle for your trust

In a letter read out at the synod closing Mass, bishops wrote to young people “our frailties and sins must... Read more

October 3, 2018 - The opening day of the 15th Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops.

Synod document calls for ‘participatory, co-responsible’ Church

The final document of the Synod of Bishop’s fifteenth general session was approved by the members and released late Saturday.... Read more

A pilgrim prays the Rosary in St. Peter's Square before the Wednesday general audience with Pope Francis. Oct. 29, 2014.

Youth synod final document addresses 'all types of abuse'

The prevention of sex abuse and abuse in all its forms is a topic of the 2018 Synod of Bishops’... Read more

Archbishop David Macaire at a Vatican press conference Oct. 22.

Synod bishop: 'John Paul II guided me through my youth'

On the feast of Saint John Paul II, one synod bishop reflected on how the Polish pope inspired generations of... Read more

Synod of Bishops press briefing Oct. 10, 2018.

Who will draft the youth synod's final report?

The 2018 Synod of Bishops has selected a group of bishops and priests who will draft the synod’s final document... Read more

Archbishop Anthony Fisher of Sydney at a Vatican press conference Oct. 5.

Youth synod bishop apologizes to young people on behalf of Church leaders

Archbishop Anthony Fisher of Sydney apologized to young people on behalf of Church leaders in a speech at the Synod... Read more

Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia speaks at the Vatican, March 25, 2014.

Archbishop Chaput to youth synod: Developed nations stuck in a 'moral adolescence'

While the idea of being “forever young” can seem appealing, the underdevelopment of morality is a problem in developed nations,... Read more

 Pope Francis greets Archbishop Charles J. Chaput of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in Vatican City during the Wednesday general audience in St. Peter's Sq

Archbishop Chaput tells synod to announce Christ not ‘ideologies and social sciences’

Archbishop Charles Chaput told the Synod of Bishops that the confidence to announce the truth of the faith is essential... Read more

Archbishop Stanisław Gądecki celebrating Mass at the tomb of St. John Paul II in St. Peter’s Basilica on Oct. 4.

Youth synod bishop: The world is rich in technology & poor in principles

A Polish archbishop participating in the Vatican synod on youth said Thursday that today’s young people have benefited from technological... Read more

Pope Francis opens the Synod of Bishops on youth Oct. 3, 2018.

Pope invites bishops to be open to new opinions during synod

Pope Francis Wednesday told those bishops and auditors who will be giving short speeches – called “interventions” – at the... Read more

Youth synod deserves in-depth Catholicism, not LGBT lobbying, critics say

A coalition of secular and dissenting Catholic LGBT groups aims to influence the Church’s upcoming Synod on Young People by... Read more