Synod on Synodality Updates and Latest News

The Synod on Synodality, initiated by Pope Francis in October 2021, is a multiyear process initiated by Pope Francis to enhance the communion, participation, and mission of the Church. The Catholic Church’s massive synodal process has already undergone diocesan, national, and continental stages. It culminates in two global assemblies at the Vatican. The first monthlong session of the Synod on Synodality, concluded on Oct. 29, 2023, with the finalization of a 42-page synthesis report. The October 2024 session is expected to produce a final report, which will be presented to Pope Francis for his consideration in issuing any related teaching.

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San Damiano cross.

Archbishop to Synod on Synodality: Proclaiming Jesus is ‘the greatest urgency’

Oct 5, 2023

By Hannah Brockhaus

“The greatest urgency, the truest reform is that of making Jesus our passion, our love, our everything,” said the bishop... Read more

Cardinal Raymond Burke was part of a panel that convened on the eve of the Synod on Synodality, Oct. 3, 2023.

The dubia were not meant as an attack on the pope, Cardinal Burke says

Oct 5, 2023

By Solène Tadié

The cardinal was speaking at a conference in Rome on Oct. 3 on the theme “the synodal Babel” to discuss... Read more

Synod on Synodality delegates in small groups listen to Pope Francis' guidance for the upcoming weeks on Oct. 4, 2023.

Pope Francis to Synod on Synodality: ‘Do not sadden the Holy Spirit’

Oct 4, 2023

By Hannah Brockhaus

Pointing synod delegates to texts by St. Basil on the Holy Spirit, the pope emphasized the importance of listening over... Read more

Pope Francis at the Synod on Synodality, Oct. 4, 2023.

New ‘grammar of synodality’ on display at start of synod gathering 

Oct 4, 2023

By Jonathan Liedl

On its opening day, synod leaders also highlighted the many ways in which the current gathering breaks the mold of... Read more

St. Peter’s Square was illuminated by candlelight the night of Saturday, May 20, 2023, as pilgrims prayed the rosary in a procession in honor of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

St. Peter’s Basilica to offer nightly Eucharistic adoration during Synod on Synodality

Oct 4, 2023

By Courtney Mares

The basilica will also host weekly candlelight rosary processions at 9 p.m. each Saturday in the month of October. Read more

Cardinal Joseph Zen preaches a sermon during a Mass at the Holy Cross Church on May 24, 2022, in Hong Kong, China.

Cardinal Zen expresses concerns about Synod on Synodality in leaked letter to bishops

Oct 4, 2023

By AC Wimmer

Just days before the Synod on Synodality kicked off its first round of meetings at the Vatican, a letter from... Read more

The opening Mass of the Synod on Synodality in St. Peter's Square on Oct. 4, 2023.

Pope Francis: Synod on Synodality’s primary task ‘to refocus our gaze on God’

Oct 4, 2023

By Courtney Mares

Pope Francis underlined that “the primary task of the synod” is to “refocus our gaze on God, to be a... Read more

Pope Francis created 21 new cardinals from across the world at the Saturday morning, Sept. 30, 2023, consistory in St. Peter’s Square.

Here’s what the Church’s newest cardinals think about the Synod on Synodality

Oct 3, 2023

By Hannah Brockhaus

Six cardinals who are participating in this month’s Synod on Synodality — and five who are not — told CNA... Read more

Bishop Gregory Mansour of the Maronite Eparchy of St. Maron of Brooklyn.

Maronite bishop: ‘I hope the synod will focus on servant leadership’

Oct 3, 2023

By Joe Bukuras

Maronite Bishop Gregory Mansour said the Synod on Synodality can be a “source” of progress for the Church in “deepening... Read more

Bishop Robert Barron speaks to tens of thousands of young people at a World Youth Day gathering in Lisbon, Portugal, Aug. 2, 2023.

Bishop Barron: As I leave for the Synod on Synodality

Oct 3, 2023

By Bishop Robert Barron

Bishop Robert Barron wrote a message to his flock before leaving for Rome for the Synod on Synodality, which will... Read more

Father James Martin, SJ.

Jesuit Father James Martin says there are many chaste gay priests in the Church

Oct 2, 2023

By Nicolás de Cárdenas

In an Oct. 1 interview with the Spanish newspaper El Periódico, Martin stressed that “it is crucial to point out... Read more

Father Timothy Radcliffe addresses the bishops of the Catholic Church in England and Wales.

Synod on Synodality retreat looks to ‘transcend all our disagreements’

Oct 2, 2023

By Courtney Mares

Hundreds of synod delegates are meeting in a retreat center in Sacrofano, 20 miles north of Rome, for the three-day... Read more

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Answering the doubts: What are dubia?  

Oct 2, 2023

By Matthew Bunson

The word “dubia” — plural for a “dubium” — literally means, from the Latin, “doubts.” But another way of translating... Read more

Statue of St. Peter in front of St. Peter's Basilica.

Cardinals send ‘dubia’ to Pope Francis ahead of Synod on Synodality

Oct 2, 2023

By Edward Pentin

The cardinals said they submitted five questions, called a “dubia,” on Aug. 21 requesting clarity on several topics. Read more

Cardinal Víctor Manuel Fernández.

‘Not much new’ will come out of this year’s synod, Vatican’s doctrine chief predicts

Cardinal Víctor Manuel Fernández predicts that “those who expect big changes” to come out of this month’s Synod of Bishops... Read more

Five children representing five continents speak with Pope Francis in the Apostolic Palace at the Vatican on Oct. 1, 2023. The pope will hold a meeting with children at the Vatican on Nov. 6, 2023.

Pope Francis to hold meeting with children at the Vatican on Nov. 6

Oct 1, 2023

By Rachel Thomas

The theme of the event in the Paul VI Audience Hall will be “Let us learn from boys and girls.”  Read more

Julia Oseka with Archbishop Nelson Perez of Philadelphia. Perez and other SCHEAP members selected Oseka as one of three Philadelphia delegates to the Synod on Synodality’s North American Continental Assembly.

Meet Julia Oseka: The 22-year-old U.S. voting delegate at the Synod on Synodality

Oct 1, 2023

By Francesca Pollio Fenton

The junior at St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia, who is majoring in physics and theology, said her participation is “very... Read more

The Sept. 30, 2023, prayer service, called “Together,” which was organized by the ecumenical community Taizé, included eight minutes of silence for personal prayer.

Pope Francis calls silence ‘essential’ at prayer vigil for Synod on Synodality

Sep 30, 2023

By Hannah Brockhaus

Before thousands of young people and Christian leaders from around the world, Francis emphasized the importance of silent prayer. Read more

The 2023 Plenary Assembly of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) being held Sept. 25-28, 2023, outside of Toronto, Ontario.

Canadian bishops reject euthanasia, discuss Indigenous fund, synod at end of meeting

Sep 29, 2023

By Tyler Arnold

The 2023 Plenary Assembly of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops wrapped up on Thursday. Read more

Bishop Georg Bätzing addresses journalists on Sept 28, 2023.

German bishops conclude tense gathering with all eyes on Synod on Synodality in Rome

Sep 29, 2023

By AC Wimmer

Conscious of mounting tensions and open defiance around certain issues, the assembly in Wiesbaden served as a charged prelude to... Read more