Women in Synodality - a conference organised by the Australian Embassy to the Holy See, Georgetown University, and La Civiltà Cattolica will take place in Rome on Thursday, 16 December 16, 2021.

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  1. The objective of the current Synod is to listen, as the entire People of God, to what the Holy Spirit is saying to the Church.  

[JS.  Rather than assuming that the Church already possesses in full what God has to say to her, she opens herself to receive the communication of the Holy Spirit – ongoing, unending, continuing, unfinished, ever-new and creative, surprising and probably disturbing.  This means that, instead of a backward-looking emphasis on preserving and reiterating something she already owns – and is often tempted to think – she controls – the Church recognizes the need to be open and vulnerable to what God still has to say – and require of us – today: new learning and deeper conversion is required from all of us.]

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Official Handbook for Listening and Discernment in Local Churches

This Vademecum is designed as a handbook that accompanies the Preparatory Document at the service of the synodal journey. The two documents are complementary and should be read in tandem with one another. In particular, the Vademecum offers practical support to the Diocesan Contact Person(s) (or team), designated by the diocesan Bishop, to prepare and gather the People of God so that they can give voice to their experience in their local Church. This worldwide invitation to all the faithful is the first phase of the XVI Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops, whose theme is “For a Synodal Church: communion, participation and mission.”