Synod 2021

Extracts from the Vademecum (handbook for the synod process)  Extracts from the Vademecum


In creating the opportunity for listening and dialogue on the local level through this Synod, Pope Francis is calling the Church to rediscover its deeply synodal nature. This rediscovery of the synodal roots of the Church will involve a process of humbly learning together how God is calling us to be as the Church in the third millennium.

Authentic discernment is made possible where there is time for deep reflection and a spirit of mutual trust, common faith, and a shared purpose.

…this journey together not only unites us more deeply with one another as the People of God, it also sends us out to pursue our mission as a prophetic witness that embraces the entire family of humanity, together with our fellow Christian denominations and other faith traditions.

We are looking to ACTA’s Diocesan Coordinators and members to give us information on what activities/ training/ discussions are happening at diocesan level to support the synodal process. To see what is going on find all events here from the Synod 2021 menu link...

It would help if you could provide any information a couple of weeks in advance with a brief summary/ date /time/ venue[if appropriate] / contact details for registering.

Cardinal Angelo Scola

Cardinal Angelo Scola celebrated his 80th birthday on Nov. 7 and consequently lost the right to vote in the next conclave. At the same time, The Catholic University of America Press published the English edition of his biographical interview book, Betting on Freedom: My Life in the Church, written with the Italian journalist Luigi Geninazzi.

In 1991, St. John Paul II appointed him bishop of Grosseto, a small Italian diocese, and then rector of the Pontifical Lateran University in 1995. In 2002, the pope named him patriarch of Venice, followed by cardinal in 2003. Pope Benedict XVI transferred Cardinal Scola to Milan in 2011 and, at his wish, Francis accepted his resignation in 2017.

In this exclusive interview with America’s Vatican correspondent, the cardinal spoke about some of the topics that he develops in depth in the book, including his close relationship with Popes John Paul II and Benedict XVI, his joyful time as a bishop over 26 years and his concern at the decline of the Christian faith in Europe.

Significantly, he strongly defended Pope Francis against attacks from within the church and emphasized that “the pope is the pope,” stating that to attack the pope is to do harm to the church.

Advent Journey 2021

Mary of Nazareth: Companion in our Journey

Evenings of Conversation – Reflection – Prayer

7.00 pm – 8.30 pm

See Online Events for more details and link for booking.

Download: Advent Journey 2021

Easter People

Chris McDonnell

La croix 6th November 2021


It all seems a long time ago, mainly because it is, forty one years in fact, since some 2000 people gathered in Liverpool for the National Pastoral Congress. The Report that emerged was given the title of ‘The Easter People’. The cover image of a stream of people with hands uplifted in praise, is one that I have used in many ways in subsequent years, both in school, parish and various leaflets.