Synod on Synodality

The Synod on Synodality, initiated by Pope Francis in October 2021, is a two-year, worldwide undertaking during which Catholics will be encouraged to submit feedback to their local dioceses. A synod is a meeting of bishops gathered to discuss a topic of theological or pastoral significance, in order to prepare a document of advice or counsel to the pope.

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Cardinal Jean-Claude Hollerich celebrates Mass at the International Eucharistic Congress in Budapest, Hungary, Sept. 10, 2021.

Cardinal in key Synod on Synodality post: ‘Reforms need a stable foundation’

Jan 27, 2022

By CNA Staff

Cardinal Jean-Claude Hollerich said that without consensus, major changes pose ‘the danger of schism.’ Read more

Pope Francis listens to a boy called Emanuele at St. Paul of the Cross parish, Rome, on April 15, 2018.

Pope Francis: Global synodal path ‘a great opportunity to listen to one another’

Jan 24, 2022

By CNA Staff

He made the remark in his 2022 World Communications Day message. Read more

The opening day of the 15th Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops in the Vatican Synod Hall on Oct. 3, 2018.

Synod of Bishops’ resources website links to women’s ordination group

Jan 19, 2022

By CNA Staff

An official suggested that the website was not promoting the group. 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

Synod on Synodality logo

Synod snafu: The USCCB tweet Catholic Twitter can't stop talking about

Jan 11, 2022

By Shannon Mullen

No one ever said gathering constructive input from the world's 1 billion Catholics was going to be easy. But a... Read more

Pope Francis takes part in a moment of reflection for the opening of the synodal path at the Vatican’s New Synod Hall, Oct. 9, 2021.

Synod of Bishops restores resource page link to New Ways Ministry, issues apology

Dec 13, 2021

By Hannah Brockhaus

The restoration of the link reversed a previous decision to remove the LGBT outreach group from the webpage. Read more

The opening of the Amazon synod at the Vatican's Synod Hall,  Oct. 7, 2019.

Synod of Bishops removes resource page link to New Ways Ministry

Dec 7, 2021

By CNA Staff

The U.S. bishops’ conference expressed its disapproval of the LGBT outreach ministry in 2010. Read more

Archbishop Samuel Aquila of Denver says a Mass of diaconal ordination in 2020.

Archbishop Aquila urges Catholics to 're-acquire a biblical worldview' this Advent

Dec 3, 2021

By Jonah McKeown

In a pastoral note for Advent, Archbishop Samuel Aquila of Denver urged Catholics to seek a way of seeing the... Read more

Cardinal Mario Grech, General Secretary of the Synod of Bishops.

Synod on Synodality organizers want local stage to focus on one fundamental question

Nov 24, 2021

By Courtney Mares

Cardinal Mario Grech was addressing the Italian bishops. Read more

Cardinal Mario Grech, Secretary General of the Synod of Bishops, sends a video message to the U.S. bishops, Nov. 18, 2021.

Synod’s chief organizer to US bishops: Don’t be afraid to tell us frankly what you hear

Nov 18, 2021

By Courtney Mares

Cardinal Mario Grech sent a 14-minute video message to the USCCB Fall General Assembly. Read more

Screenshot of Apostolic Nuncio Christophe Pierre as he addresses the general assembly of the U.S.  Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) on Nov. 16, 2021, in Baltimore, Md.

Nuncio to U.S. bishops: Catholic Church must be ‘unapologetically pro-life’

Nov 16, 2021

By Katie Yoder

The U.S. Catholic bishops’ effort to equip parishes and communities to support pregnant and parenting moms in need exemplifies a... Read more

Pope Francis takes part in a moment of reflection for the opening of the synodal path at the Vatican’s New Synod Hall, Oct. 9, 2021.

Vatican gives world’s dioceses more time to consult Catholics ahead of Synod on Synodality

Oct 29, 2021

By CNA Staff

Dioceses now have until Aug. 15, 2022, to submit consultation summaries. Read more

Michael Madrigal, a lay minister in the Diocese of San Bernardino, recites the “Native American Prayer to the Four Directions” at the beginning of the diocese’s opening Mass for the Synod on Synodality, Oct. 17, 2021 at Holy Angels Church in Riverside, California.

Indigenous prayers, dancing in San Bernardino Synod Mass spark backlash

The Diocese of San Bernardino says its opening Mass for the Synod on Synodality Oct. 17 sought to celebrate the... Read more

Patriarch Pierbattista Pizzaballa.

Patriarch Pierbattista Pizzaballa launches synodal process in Holy Land

Oct 21, 2021

By Courtney Mares

The process will open simultaneously in Israel, Palestine, Jordan, and Cyprus. Read more

Archbishop Jose Gomez of Los Angeles at the USCCB's fall meeting in Baltimore, Md., Nov. 11, 2019.

Synod on Synodality a learning opportunity for Catholic Church, Archbishop Gomez says

Oct 20, 2021

By Kevin J. Jones

The upcoming gatherings of Catholics for a synodal process are important opportunities for outreach, support, and communication, according to Archbishop... Read more

A website and smartphone app to help Catholics pray for the synod on synodality was launched Oct. 19, 2021.

Vatican launches prayer website ‘to accompany’ Synod on Synodality

Oct 20, 2021

By Hannah Brockhaus

The app Click To Pray will also promote prayer for the synodal process. Read more

Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York

Cardinal Dolan outlines 7 ‘non-negotiables’ for the Synod on Synodality

Oct 19, 2021

By Joe Bukuras

In an attempt to bring clarity to Pope Francis’s vision for the Synod on Synodality for his flock, Cardinal Timothy... 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