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

Synod on Synodality: Your questions answered

Jun 20, 2023

By Courtney Mares

The Vatican released a new document on June 20 outlining key questions for the upcoming 16th General Assembly of the... 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 on Synodality document outlines discussion questions for October assembly

“Discernment” topics include women deacons, priestly celibacy, and greater decision-making by the “People of God.” Read more

In a speech during a meeting with Pope Tawadros II, the head of the Coptic Orthodox Church of Alexandria, and other Coptic Orthodox representatives on May 11, 2023, Pope Francis announced that the Coptic Orthodox martyrs killed by ISIS in 2015 will be added to the Catholic Church’s official list of saints.

Pope Francis’ emphasis on synodality cited in joint Catholic-Orthodox statement

Jun 14, 2023

By Hannah Brockhaus

The first joint statement in seven years mentioned the pope’s hope for a synodal Church could eventually bring the Churches... Read more

Pope Francis delivers the Regina Caeli address from the window of the Apostolic Palace on May 28, 2023.

Pope Francis encourages Marian shrines around the world to pray for Synod on Synodality

May 28, 2023

By Courtney Mares

From the Philippines to Portugal, Marian shrines around the world will participate in a special day of prayer this Wednesday... Read more

Pope Francis presides over Pentecost Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica on May 28, 2023.

On Pentecost, Pope Francis says Holy Spirit can bring harmony to ‘a polarized Church’

May 28, 2023

By Courtney Mares

“Let us put the Holy Spirit back at the center of the Church; otherwise, our hearts will not be consumed... Read more

Cardinal Mario Grech, who serves as secretary general of the global Synod on Synodality, speaks to EWTN Rome Bureau Chief Andreas Thonhauser for an exclusive interview that aired on EWTN on May 22, 2023.

‘We don’t have an agenda,’ Synod on Synodality organizer says in new EWTN interview

May 25, 2023

By Andreas Thonhauser

While he believes “a synodal Church is a more spiritual Church,” Cardinal Mario Grech emphasized that the Church “is not... Read more

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Vatican announces laypeople, including women, will vote in Synod on Synodality assembly

Apr 26, 2023

By Hannah Brockhaus

The Vatican announced Wednesday that there will be laypeople participating as voting members in the Synod on Synodality’s October assembly. Read more

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North American synod focuses on abuse scandals, inclusivity, and a ‘missionary’ Church

Apr 14, 2023

By Kevin J. Jones

Here is what was on the minds of Catholics who participated in the North American phase of the Catholic Church’s... Read more

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Committee begins writing Synod on Synodality working document behind closed doors

Apr 12, 2023

By Courtney Mares

A committee of 22 people started the writing process for the synod’s working document that will be the blueprint for... Read more

Bishop Daniel Flores of Brownsville delivers the St. Thomas Day Lecture at Thomas Aquinas College in Santa Paul, Calif., Jan. 28, 2019. Photo courtesy of TAC.

U.S. Bishop Daniel Flores to help prepare Synod on Synodality assembly

Mar 15, 2023

By Hannah Brockhaus

The first of two nearly monthlong Vatican assemblies for the synod will be in October. Read more

From left: Katharina Westerhorstmann, Dorothea Schmidt, Marianne Schlosser, and Hanna-Barbara Gerl-Falkovitz.

Four women opt out of German Synodal Way, saying it ‘departs from the universal Church’

Feb 22, 2023

By AC Wimmer

Ahead of the German Synodal Way’s final meeting next month, four prominent participants officially announced Wednesday they were quitting the... Read more

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Synod on Synodality: North American delegates embark on writing retreat

Feb 15, 2023

By Jonah McKeown

The delegates for North America are in Orlando, Florida, until Feb. 17 to work on composing a document called a... Read more

Cardinal Jean-Claude Hollerich, archbishop of Luxembourg (left) and Cardinal Mario Grech, secretary general of the Synod of Bishops

‘We need time,’ Synod on Synodality organizers tell German-language media

Feb 14, 2023

By AC Wimmer

Cardinal Jean-Claude Hollerich of Luxembourg and Maltese Cardinal Mario Grech made their remarks in the wake of the recent European... Read more

Archbishop Emeritus Charles Chaput of Philadelphia.

Archbishop Chaput: Only worthy agenda for synod is one given to us by Jesus in the Gospels

Feb 10, 2023

By Kelsey Wicks

ACI Prensa recently interviewed Archbishop Charles J. Chaput about the controversies and confusion that have arisen around the Synodal Path. Read more

Synod delegates listen to presentations at the European Continental Assembly in Prague on Feb. 7, 2023.

European Catholics debate final outcome of Synod on Synodality assembly in Prague

Feb 9, 2023

By Courtney Mares

European Catholics debated Thursday the contents of a final document that will influence the discussions of the Synod of Bishops... Read more

Four cardinals, 45 bishops, and 80 priests concelebrated Mass Feb. 8, 2023, under the high vaulted ceiling of Prague’s St. Vitus Cathedral with about 500 people in attendance. The Mass marked the midway point of the European Continental Assembly meeting in Prague Feb. 5-12, 2023.

Cardinal Grech at European assembly: ‘The synod is not there to destroy Catholic identity’

Feb 9, 2023

By Courtney Mares

In a homily in Prague Feb. 9, Grech noted that some have wrongly understood the synod as “a battle of... Read more

Irme Stetter-Karp, president of the Central Committee of German Catholics.

Germany’s Synodal Way leaders push women’s ordination during European bishops’ synodal assembly

Feb 8, 2023

By Courtney Mares

Irme Stetter-Karp, the president of the lay Central Committee of German Catholics (ZdK), addressed delegates in the meeting in Prague... Read more

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Synod on Synodality: Europe’s Continental Assembly in Prague discusses tensions in the Church

Feb 7, 2023

By Courtney Mares

Two hundred delegates are meeting this week in the capital of the Czech Republic for the last stage of regional... Read more

Materials from the Synodal Final Assembly in Spain.

Spanish bishops lament low participation in Synod on Synodality, especially by young people

Jan 31, 2023

By CNA Staff

The Spanish Bishops’ Conference has presented the Synthesis for the European Continental Stage of the Synod on Synodality. Read more

Bishop Georg Bätzing, chairman of the German bishops’ conference, meets with Pope Francis at the Vatican, June 24, 2021.

German bishops’ president rebukes Pope Francis for criticism of Synodal Way 

Jan 30, 2023

By AC Wimmer

Bishop Georg Bätzing says the Germans have “fundamentally different views of synodality” than Rome.  Read more