The Synod – End of Part One

“A Synodal Church in Mission – Synthesis Report”

The Synod was meeting through most of October in Rome. Now the “Synthesis Report” of this First Session of the XVI Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops is available!

This important document, which will be used to prepare for the Second Session in 2024, offers reflections and proposals on a wide range of topics, including the role of women and the laity, the ministry of bishops, priesthood, and the diaconate, the importance of the poor and migrants, digital mission, ecumenism, and abuse.

The Synthesis Report is structured in three parts:

1. The face of the synodal Church: presenting the practice and understanding of synodality and its theological underpinning.

2. All disciples, all missionaries: deals with all those involved in the life and mission of the Church and their relationships with one another.

3. Weaving bonds, building community: synodality is presented mainly as a set of processes and as a network of bodies enabling exchange between the Churches and dialogue with the world.

You can download the report here.