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Listening to the Faithful: Preparing for the Synod 2021-2023

2023 Synod Resources & Information

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Vatican Releases Synod on Synodality Preparatory Document

The General Secretariat for the Synod of Bishops presents the base text and ‘vademecum’ – or handbook – to guide the journey of the Synod on Synodality. Listening without prejudice; speaking out with courage and parrhesia; dialoguing with the Church, with society, and with the other Christian confessions. (Vatican News)

“The General Secretariat for the Synod has published the Preparatory Document, along with a Vademecum (or handbook) to indicate the guiding principles that will direct the path of the Synod on Synodality. The solemn opening of the Synod took place in Rome on October 9-10, and in the particular Churches on October 17; and will conclude in the Vatican in 2023 with the assembly of bishops from around the world.

“The Preparatory Document [released in September 2021] is intended above all to be an instrument facilitating the first phase of listening and consultation of the People of God in the particular Churches, which will take place from October 2021 to April 2022.* [*On October 29, 2021, the Vatican extended the deadline for the Diocesan phase until August 15, 2022.]

“‘In other words,’ as the document says, ‘it constitutes a sort of construction site or pilot experience that makes it possible to immediately begin reaping the fruits of the dynamic that progressive synodal conversion introduces into the Christian community.'” -- By Vatican News — Read more …

In addition to the resources available from the Vatican, additional English-language guides are available along with numerous documents that can help prepare you for participation. We have gathered some of those below and will add to them as new ones become available.

2023 Synod Resources

2023 Synod Media Coverage