“Synod on synods” now also a “process”

Aiming at what the pope’s top aide for Synods of Bishops called “the transformation of the synod from an event into a process,” the Vatican Friday released details for the next such gathering of bishops and other Catholic leaders from around the world in October 2023 – devoted to the synod itself, under the heading of “For a Synodal Church.” Originally planned for October 2022, the next synod weill now b a two-year process in three phases: A diocesan phase, a continental phase, and a universal phase.