Category Archives: 2021 Pope Francis Synod Address

Diocese of Rome Synod Address, Part 4, Peter and Cornelius

The encounter between Saint Peter and Cornelius in Acts 10 is significant for introducing oneself to the synod process and reflecting on it. The first thing to notice is that the Holy Spirit is active. As an apostle and close … Continue reading

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Diocese of Rome Synod Address, Part 3, What Saints Peter and Paul Shared

Peter and Paul were not just two individuals with their own personalities. They represent two visions within much broader horizons.  Next in Pope Francis’ address to the Diocese of Rome is a curious paragraph. Peter and Paul are inevitably linked … Continue reading

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Diocese of Rome Synod Address, Part 2, Journeying Together

Next in Pope Francis’ address to the Diocese of Rome, an encouragement not to make him look bad: The first step of the process (October 2021–April 2022) will take place in each diocese. That why I am here, as your … Continue reading

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Diocese of Rome Synod Address Part 1, An Exercise In Mutual Listening

Pope Francis introduced the synod to the entire diocese of Rome, and began by describing broadly the intent of a synod, giving a few Scripture citations too. (There are a lot of those in the address.) I was particularly struck … Continue reading

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Diocese of Rome Synod Address

How would you readers feel about another document? On Saturday 18 September 2021, Pope Francis addressed his diocese on the upcoming 2021-23 synod. Each diocese is invited to engage the process over the next two years. My own archbishop recommended … Continue reading

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