Pope Francis addresses fears around synod: 'Not a political gathering'

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Members of the assembly of the Synod of Bishops are not gathered in Rome to implement a "plan of reformation" but to walk together as a church that discerns God's will for the present moment, Pope Francis said at the assembly's opening Mass.

Synod delegates seek ‘new vision’

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Leading into the Synod of Bishops on Synodality’s first week, hopes were high that the almost four weeks of discussions will set the Church on a secure path for the future, despite today’s multiple competing perspectives and priorities.

On retreat, synod members look at ways to accept, overcome differences

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Knowing they would be wrangling with different opinions and that Catholics around the world had different hopes and fears for their work, the 364 full members of the assembly of the Synod of Bishops gathered for a retreat.

Beauty matters

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There’s a dynamism in engaging with the natural world, poet Maya Clubine believes.

'Synodality is a call from God for the church today,' says synod undersecretary

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The approaching world Synod of Bishops on Synodality aims to be a lesson on the "exchange of gifts," said Sister Nathalie Becquart, undersecretary of the Vatican's Synod of Bishops office and one of the highest ranking women in the Vatican.

$20-million Jesuit centre nurtures religious roots

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With the purchase of a new property in 2021 and ambitious plans for development, Canadian Jesuits are hoping to buck the trend of closures and contraction experienced by Quebec Catholic institutions over the past 50 years.

Healing hands take care of ‘Life-Giving Wounds’

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The non-profit Catholic pastoral organization Life-Giving Wounds (LGW) has offered healing retreats for young adults and adults with separated and divorced parents for over five years across the U.S.A.

Prayer, fasting prepare missionaries for street

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“Don’t forget the poor; be generous to them.”With those words, Canossian Sister Elisa Grignoli called about 30 Catholic Street Missionaries to reflect on their mission to the poor and homeless before heading out to the streets of Vancouver.

Inside, outside: Synod to focus on the church and its role in the world

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When Pope Francis was introduced to the world from the central balcony of St. Peter's Basilica, he spoke to the crowd about taking up a journey, "bishop and people," a "journey of fraternity, of love, of trust among us."

10 things to know about October's Synod on Synodality in Rome

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The eyes of the Catholic world turn to Rome Oct. 4, as the worldwide Synod of Bishops convenes on the feast of St. Francis of Assisi to focus on "synodality" and understanding what it means in terms of "communion, participation and mission" in the church. Here's what it is, how we got here and what to expect.