“For a Synodal Church”: Synod’s diocesan phase extended

The Vatican’s Ordinary Council of the Synod of Bishops announced on 29 October that the duration of the first (Diocesan) phase of the recently launched Synod “For a Synodal Church” has been extended. This is “in order to provide a greater opportunity for the people of God to have an authentic experience of listening and dialogue”.

The Diocesan phase will now continue until 15 August 2022.

This extension, which is in response to requests from several quarters around the world, will no doubt be welcome news not just to those tasked with organising the process in our diocese and parishes, but also to many of the laity whose participation was to be restricted to the Advent period leading up to Christmas.

Vatican press release is here

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