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The Synod of Bishop at the Vatican, Oct. 5, 2018.

Synod on Synodality: Vatican reveals framework for next stage of discussions

Oct 27, 2022

By Courtney Mares, Hannah Brockhaus

The Vatican revealed on Thursday the outline that will guide the next stage of discussions in the Synod on Synodality. Read more

Pope Francis delivered his Angelus address on Sept. 18, 2022.

Pope Francis announces decision to extend Synod on Synodality to 2024

Oct 16, 2022

By Courtney Mares

The pope explained that he made the decision to provide more time for discernment. Read more

St. Peter's Basilica

More than ‘the nuts and bolts’: World’s newest bishops talk synodality in Rome

Oct 2, 2022

By Hannah Brockhaus

The world’s newest bishops gathered in Rome last month to learn more about what it means to be a Catholic... Read more

A meeting of the "Synodal Way" in Frankfurt, Germany in February, 2022.

Will the German ‘Synodal Way’ lead to a permanent ‘Synodal Council’?

Sep 7, 2022

By AC Wimmer

Shortly before the next assembly of the German “Synodal Way,” one of the founders confirmed the goal of establishing a... Read more

Cardinal Mario Grech, Secretary General of Synod of Bishops.

Vatican Cardinal decries criticism of German ‘Synodal Way’ as ‘denunciation’

Aug 29, 2022

By AC Wimmer

The chief organizer of the Catholic Church’s Synod on Synodality has decried as “denunciation" the number of public criticism of... Read more

Cardinal Mario Grech speaking at the press conference in the Vatican on Aug. 26, 2022

Only the Holy Spirit will 'hijack' the Synod on Synodality, cardinal says at Vatican press conference

Aug 26, 2022

By Hannah Brockhaus

At a press conference in the Vatican on Friday, two cardinals introduced the “continental phase” of the Catholic Church’s Synod... Read more

Celtic Cross on the hill at Cashel, Tipperary, Ireland.

Young Catholics in Ireland say their voices have not been heard during synodal process

Aug 10, 2022

By Charlotte Evans

A group of 500 young Catholics in Ireland have signed a letter saying they love the Church’s teaching, but that... Read more

Pope Francis attends a closed-door meeting with Jesuits in Québec, Canada, July 29, 2022.

Pope Francis to Canada’s Jesuits: ‘When there is conflict the liturgy is always mistreated’

Aug 4, 2022

By Courtney Mares

Pope Francis told Jesuits in Canada about how his experience in Latin America formed his beliefs about synodality, liturgy, and... Read more

Cardinal Gerhard Müller at a penance service in St. Peter's Basilica on March 29, 2019. Credit: Daniel Ibáñez/CNA.

Cardinal Müller: ‘The German Synodal Way was over before it even started’

Aug 2, 2022

By Rudolf Gehrig

Cardinal Müller sharply criticized the Synodal Way, saying it "was over before it even began," even if the initiators had... Read more

Pope Francis speaking with journalists on the papal plane on July 30.

Pope Francis says he has 'said all he has to say' in 2019 letter to German Catholics about the 'Synodal Way'

Jul 30, 2022

By AC Wimmer

The latest Vatican intervention against the German "Synodal Way" was published by the Secretariat of State, but he himself has... Read more

Pope Francis meets participants in the plenary assembly of the International Union of Superiors General on May 5, 2022.

Pope Francis encourages religious orders to ‘make their synodal journey’

May 5, 2022

By Courtney Mares

The pope spoke off the cuff to members of the International Union of Superiors General. Read more

Pope Francis lays hands on a Bangladeshi deacon as he ordains him to the priesthood during a Dec. 1, 2017, Mass in Dhaka.

World Day of Prayer for Vocations 2022: Pope Francis says ‘Church must become increasingly synodal’

May 5, 2022

By CNA Staff

The pope made the comment in his annual World Day of Prayer for Vocations message. Read more

Cardinal Mario Grech, Secretary General of the Synod of Bishops, pictured on Feb. 17, 2022.

Cardinal Grech: Synod on Synodality ‘is not sociological analysis of the Church’

Mar 2, 2022

By Hannah Brockhaus

The Maltese cardinal is the Synod on Synodality’s chief organizer. Read more

Cardinal Jean-Claude Hollerich, Archbishop of Luxembourg, at the Vatican, Oct. 5, 2019.

Can Cardinal Hollerich help to reconcile the German ‘Synodal Way’ with the global synodal process?

Feb 10, 2022

By Andrea Gagliarducci

A working group is bringing together leaders of the two initiatives. Read more

Patriarch Pierbattista Pizzaballa blesses the congregation at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem on April 4, 2021.

Holy Land’s Catholic bishops invite Orthodox leaders to contribute to synodal path

Jan 28, 2022

By CNA Staff

They invited their counterparts to share their ‘wisdom and experience.’ Read more

Pope Francis addresses members of the Roman Rota in the Vatican’s Clementine Hall, Jan. 27, 2022.

Pope Francis urges Roman Rota to work with ‘synodal spirit’

Jan 27, 2022

By CNA Staff

The Rota is the Church’s highest court handling appeals of marriage annulment cases. Read more

Cardinal Kurt Koch and Cardinal Mario Grech.

Vatican asks bishops to invite local Protestant and Orthodox leaders to participate in synodal path

Jan 18, 2022

By Courtney Mares

The letter was sent by Cardinal Kurt Koch and Cardinal Mario Grech. Read more

Pope Francis meets a delegation of the French Catholic Action movement at the Vatican, Jan. 13, 2021.

Pope Francis: Synodality is not a ‘search for majority consensus’

Jan 13, 2022

By CNA Staff

The pope was speaking to French Catholic Action groups. Read more

Cardinals and bishops in the Vatican’s Synod Hall, Oct. 14, 2015.

As Catholic dioceses across the world embark on the synodal path, experts offer advice

Oct 15, 2021

By Luke Coppen

Supporters bill it as one of the most important Catholic events since Vatican II. Read more

Pope Francis celebrates a Mass at St. Peter’s Basilica opening the worldwide synodal path, Oct. 10, 2021.

Pope Francis launches 2-year synodal path with call to ‘encounter, listen, and discern’

Oct 10, 2021

By CNA Staff

The diocesan phase of the Synod on Synodality will last from October 2021 to April 2022. Read more