Synod of Bishops:
On Sunday October 17, Dioceses around the world will launch local preparations for the Synod of Bishops, which has the theme: ’For a synodal Church: Communion, Participations and Mission”.
The Catholic Church in Australia will invite the People of God to make submissions via an
online portal that will open on October 17. Those submissions will help the Bishops develop a national report to support the global process leading to an international gathering in 2023.
Find out more at http://www.catholic.org.au/synodalchurch—————-XVI Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops 2021-2023Many of us have contributed through our ministries, parishes and agencies so much at a local level to the Plenary Council in Australia over the last 4 years. Now we are being asked to contribute once again at the request of Pope Francis to The XVI Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops.The theme chosen by Pope Francis is ‘For a synodal Church: communion, participation and mission’.The Synod of Bishops was launched last weekend with the Holy Father presiding at the official opening in the Vatican. This event is the start of a two-year global consultation process culminating in the Synod of Bishops gathering in Rome in October 2023. This opening of the Synod coincided with the closing of the First Assembly of the Plenary Council o the Church in Australia.Pope Francis has stressed so often the importance of a Synodal Church. Evidence of this was made present in the preparations for and during the Plenary Council sessions held las week. The Synod of Bishops process here in Australia will occur in conjunction with the ongoing Plenary Council process taking place throughout Australia over2021/2022.I ask for your support and prayer for the continuing work of the Plenary Council in Australia and the work of the whole church in preparation for this important Synod of Bishops. I look forward to the many fruits the Plenary Council and the Synod will bring to the Church locally and universally.
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