By Fr. Bernard Holzer, aa
We already know the Filipino participants to the Synod in October: Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle, pro-prefect of the Dicastery for Evangelization; Cardinal Jose Advincula of Manila; Bishop Pablo Virgilio David of Kalookan, CBCP President; Bishop Mylo Hubert Vergara of Pasig, CBCP Vice President; and a lay woman, Ms. Estela Padilla.
But do we know about the Synod, and how we could participate?
The theme of the upcoming 16th Synod of Bishops is: “For a Synodal Church: Communion, Participation, and Mission”. Synodality indicates walking together and listening to one another but above all to the Holy Spirit.
“Enabling everyone to participate is an essential ecclesial duty!”, stressed Pope Francis recently, adding that it is an indispensable ecclesial commitment based on the “identity card” of the baptism.
How can we, therefore, participate? By praying the Holy Spirit and by reading the “Instrumentum Laboris”, the document that will guide the work of the two-part General Assembly that will meet in Rome in October 2023 and October 2024. Let’s take the next weeks to read and share the thoughts of the preparation of this event.
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