Synodality South Africa: Focus on Broken Families
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Synodality South Africa: Focus on Broken Families

“Several themes have been raised. The first is marriage and family life. We need to stabilize family life; we need to repair broken families. If we don’t do that, the unhappiness tends to perpetuate itself in the children in those families”, Archbishop Tlhagale told ACI Africa during the Wednesday, May 11 interview. He added, “It’s…

Spirituality of Synodality – Fascinating Podcast Interview with Fr James Hanvey SJ
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Spirituality of Synodality – Fascinating Podcast Interview with Fr James Hanvey SJ

Synodality is a way of doing church that emphasizes things like listening, shared leadership responsibilities between ordained and lay faithful, and reading and responding to the signs of the times. One of the Jesuits helping the church think about how synodality is lived out is Fr. James Hanvey, SJ. Fr. Hanvey is a theologian and…

India: Theologian Reflects on Synodal Pathway -Leadership. Part 2
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India: Theologian Reflects on Synodal Pathway -Leadership. Part 2

Barring a few exceptions, by and large, the quality of leadership went down and has now become bland and uninspiring. The criteria for the selection of bishops have changed considerably. During the period immediately after Vatican II, bishops were selected based on their ability to carry out the decisions and teachings of the council. Their…

India: Theologian Reflects on Synodal Pathway and its Implications. Part 1
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India: Theologian Reflects on Synodal Pathway and its Implications. Part 1

In the following two-part interview, Indian theologian Father Felix Wilfred explains the serious structural changes that should be effected in the Catholic Church to make it truly owned by the “people of God.” Father Wilfred, a former secretary of the theological advisory committee of the Federation of Asian Bishops’ Conferences (FABC), advocates that the Church…

Synodal Pathway: Walking together with Women
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Synodal Pathway: Walking together with Women

As the preparatory document for this synod expresses it well in number 7, the last two synods of 2018 and of 2019 have brought out a strong demand to give more space for participation to women in the Church and to involve them more in the decision-making processes by giving them more responsibilities. This is…

Synodal Pathway: A Mill Hill Lay Missionary Responds
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Synodal Pathway: A Mill Hill Lay Missionary Responds

Jacinta van Luijk MHM: I have been a Mill Hill missionary since 1982, including a period from 2001 to 2009 with the Medical Missionaries of Mary (MMM), and ‘permanent missionary worker’ with the WNM (Week Nederlandse Missionaris – ‘Dutch Missionary Council’) since 2010. My first ministry was from 1982 – 1998 in the urban apostolate…

Malakal, South Sudan: Combining Synodality with Humanitarian Emergency
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Malakal, South Sudan: Combining Synodality with Humanitarian Emergency

The people of God in South Sudan’s Malakal Diocese are taking part in the ongoing preparations for the Synod on Synodality despite the humanitarian emergency due to floods, the Local Ordinary of the South Sudanese Diocese has said. In an interview with ACI Africa, Bishop Stephen Nyodho Ador Majwok underscored the value of the Synodal process, and described it as “an important…

Synodal Pathway: Newsletter
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Synodal Pathway: Newsletter

“SOCIAL POETS” is a reproduction of the words of Pope Francis to popular movements that have the ability to create HOPE where only discard and exclusion exist. “THE VISIBLE CHURCH IS THE ONE THAT MAKES THE GOSPEL VISIBLE IN ALL HUMAN AREAS”. Read Newsletter Report from Kakuma Refugee camp Kenya:

Synodal Pathway: Listening to Prisoners
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Synodal Pathway: Listening to Prisoners

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…

North Africa: Synodal Journey under the Sign of Charles de Foucauld
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North Africa: Synodal Journey under the Sign of Charles de Foucauld

Algiers – “For our Church in North Africa, the forthcoming canonization of Charles de Foucauld is an opportunity to rejoice and further deepen his insights”. So write the members of the Bishops’ Conference of the North African Region (CERNA), who met in Algiers from February 12 to 15 for their annual assembly. In the final…

Synodal Pathway: Interview with Leading Member of Synod Secretariat
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Synodal Pathway: Interview with Leading Member of Synod Secretariat

Myriam Wijlens: ‘Don’t wait for someone else’s initiative‘ Passionately, church lawyer Myriam Wijlens helps lead the Synod on synodality. Has the hour of women in the Church come? Interview (Extract) – Lieve Wouters Kerknet.be Pope Francis announced a synod involving the broad base of the Church for the first time in history. Every diocese in…