Pope Francis has invited the entire People of God to journey together in a global listening process called “For a Synodal Church: Communion, Participation, and Mission.”
What does it all mean? The word “synod” is rooted in a Greek term denoting a “journey together.” The synod process, therefore, is a journey of the whole church, an encounter with the Good News and with one another. It is about listening … listening to one another and listening to the Holy Spirit active among us in our time.
Pope Francis has asked local diocese, religious communities, and laity to create opportunities to dialogue together. The intention of this journeying together is to be present with one another, to listen and learn with each other, and to grow closer to God and God’s dream for the church.