The Church of God is Convoked in Synod

September 26, 2021

The path entitled “For a Synodal Church: Communion, Participation, and Mission”
will solemnly open on the 9th – 10th of October 2021 in Rome and
on the following 17th of October in each particular Church. One
fundamental stage will be the celebration of the XVI Ordinary
General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops, in October 2023,
which will be followed by the implementation phase that will again
involve the particular Churches (cf. EC, arts. 19-21). With this
convocation, Pope Francis invites the entire Church to reflect on a
theme that is decisive for its life and mission: “It is precisely this
path of synodality which God expects of the Church of the third
millennium.” 2 This journey, which follows in the wake of the
Church’s “renewal” proposed by the Second Vatican Council, is
both a gift and a task: by journeying together and reflecting
together on the journey that has been made, the Church will be able
to learn through Her experience which processes can help Her to
live communion, to achieve participation, to open Herself to
mission. Our “journeying together” is, in fact, what most

effectively enacts and manifests the nature of the Church as the
pilgrim and missionary People of God.