Who is the Synod for?

Who is the Synod for?

By convoking this Synod, Pope Francis is inviting all the baptised to participate in this Synodal Process that begins at the diocesan level.

The main subjects of this synodal experience are all the baptised because all the baptised are the subject of the sensus fidelium, the living voice of the People of God. At the same time, in order to participate fully in the act of discerning, it is important for the baptised to hear the voices of other people in their local context, including people who have left the practice of the faith, people of other faith traditions, people of no religious belief.

Special care should be taken to involve those persons who may risk being excluded: women, the handicapped, refugees, migrants, the elderly, people who live in poverty, Catholics who rarely or never practice their faith, etc.

Being Synodal requires Time for Sharing

Humility in Listening must correspond to Courage in Speaking

Dialogue leads us to Newness

Openness to Conversation and Change

Synods are an ecclesial exercise in discernment

We are Signs of a Church that Listens and Journeys

Leave behind prejudices and stereotypes

Have the Courage to overcome Clericalism

Heal the Virus of Self-Sufficiency

Give Rise to Hope

Overcome Ideologies