Pope opens synods to 'all God's people'

No longer bishops' assizes but process from below

(ANSA) - VATICAN CITY, MAY 21 - In what is being seen as another 'revolution' in Pope Francis's Church, the pontiff has decided to open up bishops' synods to "all the people of God", the Vatican said Friday.
    A synod, henceforth, will not be "just an event but a process that involves the People of God in synergy with the episcopal College and the Bishop of Rome (the pope) , each according to their function", the Holy See said.
    The next synod will be organised in three stages, between October 2021 and October 2023, with a diocesan phase, a continental one, and the conclusive one at the level of the Universal Church, it said. (ANSA).


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