Series: The Synod and Women


Preparing for the 2024 Synod

The Synod on synodality, which took place in October last year, marked a significant development in the participation of laypeople, particularly women, who were invited to attend and granted voting rights. In fact, 54 women, including Estela Padilla, a theologian from the Philippines, were able to vote in the Synod. This inclusivity allowed for a diverse range of perspectives from women, young people, and other lay individuals, enabling them to actively participate in the decision-making process.

WM Special

Will The Synod Change Anything?

During the 2023 Synod on Synodality, inquiries surfaced regarding the participation of women in the Church. The Synod members recognized a need for structural renewal to create a Church where women and men dialogue.

WM Special

The Changes Have to be Mission-Oriented

Filipina theologian Estela Padilla participated in the Synod of Bishops on Synodality in October last year at the Vatican. In this interview, Padilla talks about her experiences with the Synod, the BEC, and the controversial issues.


Stop the bombs and missiles now!

In a recent interview, Pope Francis called upon world leaders to “stop the bombs and missiles now.” He appealed for an immediate ceasefire in Gaza and reiterated his conviction that dialogue is the sole path toward a peaceful future.

Journey Moments

Radiating God’s Love

As we journey on, let us share the presence and love of God wherever we go and in whatever we say or do. May we become witnesses to God’s presence in this dark and lonely world.


Please, Stay

The number of young Filipinos who contemplated ending their life and attempting suicide is on the rise. Now more than ever, parents, schools and other stakeholders must work together to prevent youth suicide.

In Focus

Fiducia Supplicans: What Kind of Church for the Future?

Opposition to the document detailing blessings for people in irregular situations has sometimes been attributed to anti-Francis movements. The reality is more complex and merits reflection about the future and what kind of a Church the Holy Father is calling us to be.

Our World

Widen Your Outlook, Think Deep

In today’s world, we need bridge-builders who possess a broad perspective, listen attentively, and advocate for a multi-disciplinary approach in engaging with diverse perspectives.


Accelerate Protection of Abused Children

There is an urgent need for legislation establishing the children’s court system and more government-funded therapeutic homes for healing and empowering child abuse victims.

Filipino Focus

Understanding Mano Po in Filipino Society

Mano po is a gesture of respect for an older person, regardless of gender, status in life, local or foreign, that is uniquely Filipino. The goal of this article is to help us understand that this gesture is strictly Filipino.

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