Synod Tag

Carta al Pueblo de Dios
SYNOD ON SYNODALITY, editorial team • On Wednesday, October 25, the 9th anniversary of Pope Francis’ encounter with the Schoenstatt Apostolic Movement, the Letter of the XVI Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops to the People of God was published. What do we, members of the Holy People of God, do with this letter? — “”When asked what they expect from the Church on the occasion of this synod, some homeless people living in the vicinity of St. Peter’s Square answered: Love!” we read in the letter. WhenRead More
Laicos en el Sínodo
SYNOD ON SYNODALITY • This Synodal Assembly is reflective of the call of Pope Francis for lay men and women to participate for the first time, with active voice and a vote. Their particular charism is essential for a healthy discernment of the will of God and listening to the People, so that, as the Holy Father says, they can turn to him to look at him with mercy. — It is worth mentioning the personal efforts of men and women who have come to this Assembly from different partsRead More
SYNOD ON SYNODALITY, vía  • The prefect of the Dicastery for the Doctrine of the Faith, Cardinal Victor Fernandez, highlighted the relevance of the synodal assembly, the role of the laity with voice and vote, and what to expect and what not to expect. — The Prefect of the Dicastery for the Doctrine of the Faith, Cardinal Víctor Fernández, highlighted the importance of the XVI Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops, which begins with a time of prayer and which he considered a “relevant” event for theRead More
Video del Papa: por el Sínodo
SYNOD ON SYNODALITY, Pope’s Worldwide Prayer Network • The Pope Video for the month of September, published some days ago and of course already online at,  is a call to pray for the Synod as the Ordinary General Assembly takes place this month, in conjunction with World Mission Day.  The synodal journey, Pope Francis remarks, is based on prayer and discernment. This synodal dimension is closely linked to the missionary vocation of the Church, for “mission is at the heart of the Church.” The Pope prays that the Church mightRead More
Bischof Dr. Michael Gerber
GERMANY, Maria Fischer The plenary assembly of the German Bishops’ Conference today (September 26, 2023) elected the Bishop of Fulda, Bishop Dr. Michael Gerber, a member of the Institute of Schoenstatt Diocesan Priests, as its new vice-chairman. — Bishop Gerber succeeds Bishop emeritus Dr. Franz-Josef Bode, who retired a few months ago. Bishop Gerber first became auxiliary bishop in the archdiocese of Freiburg in 2013, and has been bishop of Fulda since 2019. In the German Bishops’ Conference, Bishop Gerber is also chairman of the Commission for Spiritual Vocations andRead More

Pilgrims em missa de abertura

Photo: ©️ Sebastiao Roxo
PORTUGAL, WYD LISBON 2023, Lena Castro Valente – In an interview with Rádio Renascença, Bishop Américo Aguiar explained that for the first time in the history of World Youth Days, all the countries of the world will be represented, only the participation of a representative from the Maldives has yet to be confirmed. – Don Américo Aguiar, Auxiliary Bishop of Lisbon, who will succeed Cardinal Patriarch Manuel Clemente after World Youth Day and will be elevated to Cardinal at the Consistory on September 30, is chairman of the World YouthRead More
SYNOD ON SYNODALITY, Maria Fischer • “A question: are there Schoenstatters in the Synodal Assembly?” asked Manuel Huapaya in an exchange of the team on Friday, July 7, when the list of participants in the first session of the XVI Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops, which will take place from October 4 to 29, 2023, was presented at the Holy See Press Office. — In presenting the list of participants, Cardinal Grech said, “We have tried to represent the whole people of God. For example, weRead More
Instrumentum Laboris
Synod on Synodality, Thierry Bonaventura, Communication manager/mfi • Last Tuesday, 20 June, the General Secretariat of the Synod was finally able to present the Instrumentum laboris (IL), the working document that will animate the work of the XVI Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops (4-29 October 2023). — The works on the preparation of this text “of the whole Church” – as defined by Cardinal Mario Grech during the presentation press conference – began in April, in the aftermath of the continental synodal assemblies and the reception ofRead More
COSTA RICA, Lourdes Rosabal •  Last May, the International Congress of the Schoenstatt Family Work (CIOF) was held in Asunción, Paraguay, with the participation of more than 150 couples from the three Schoenstatt Family communities, as well as about 25 consecrated persons, including Schoenstatt Fathers, Sisters, and members of the Institute Our Ladz of Schoenstatt. The event was a success as the couples came from a total of 17 countries in the Americas, the Caribbean and Spain. There was also a special participation from Hungary and Germany/Poland with the presenceRead More
Synod on synodality, • From this morning (12 April) and until next 19 April, a group of experts from the five continents, who participated in various capacities in the synod process, will meet at the General Secretariat of the Synod for a time of work and discernment on the Continental Stage and the seven final documents of the Continental Synodal Assemblies with the aim of starting the reflection that will lead at a later stage to the drafting of the Instrumentum Laboris, the working document for the first sessionRead More