As dioceses opened the synodal process, Archbishop Socrates Villegas (in photo) asked for prayers so that the Synod will lead the church to renewal. “Let us pray that the two-year consultations in preparation for the Synod on Synodality will truly bring about the new Church,” said Archbishop Socrates Villegas of Lingayen-Dagupan in his homily during a Mass at the Dagupan Cathedral.
PUBLISHED ONDec 2021
On October 10, Pope Francis formally opened for the entire Church the Synod of Bishops with the theme, “For a Synodal Church: Communion, Participation, and Mission.” The diocesan phase begins the synodal process and will include consultations with local clergy and laity.
After the local consultations, the bishops will prepare for a three-day assembly on the national level on March 7 to 9, 2022 so that they can submit a national report to the Synod General Secretariat by April 2022. This will be followed by a continental phase from September 2022 to March 2023, leading on to the “universal phase,” to be held in Rome in October 2023.