Who are we listening to in the synodal process? Cardinal Nichols went to Wormwood Scrubs prison particularly to listen to prisoners a few weeks ago. In many parishes, the voices of prisoners and their families may rarely, if ever, be heard – except perhaps on Prisoners’ Sunday. Yet there are more than 90,000 children in England & Wales who have a parent in prison right now.
For Pope Francis, listening to one another, and especially to those on the margins is a necessary part of ‘discerning the signs of the times.’