Pope Francis Declares Upcoming Synod: “For a Synodal Church: Communion, Participation, and Mission”

On Sunday, October 10, Pope Francis announced the inauguration of the diocesan phase of the upcoming 16th Synod of Bishops. The theme for this Synod is “For a Synodal Church: Communion, Participation, and Mission,” and it will be implemented at the diocesan level on Sunday, October 17. This Synod aims to be more inclusive to all at churches across the world, especially laypeople. It is a two-year process that will last from October 10, 2021, to October 2023.