Inside the Vatican
In addition to the difficulty of changing the attitudes of Catholics accustomed to a “command and control model” of church, the synod faces several logistical challenges.
FaithPope Francis Homilies
Pope Francis
Nothing leaves Jesus indifferent; everything is of concern to him. Encountering faces, meeting eyes, sharing each individual’s history.
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Gerard O’Connell
The synod is intended to involve all the baptized—bishops, clergy, religious and laity—at the diocesan and continental levels.
Colleen Dulle
And why is Pope Francis holding a synod on synodality?
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Francis J. Butler
Archbishop (later Cardinal) John Francis Dearden of Detroit (1907-88) played an exceptionally significant role in paving the way for what Pope Francis is trying to do in reviving the ancient practice of including all the baptized in the work and mission of the church.
The judges of the Vatican City State criminal court—Venerando Marano, Giuseppe Pignatone and Carlo Bonzano—sit at a long table with a brown tablecloth in a makeshift court room.
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Gerard O’Connell
The high-profile Vatican trial was put on hold after Vatican prosecutors failed to present their evidence to the defendants before submitting it in court.