Podcast: Pope Francis wants the next synod to be a “synodal process”. Is it possible?

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The next “synod on synodality” will be different from past synods, the Vatican announced last month: instead of an event in Rome in 2022, the synod will be a process starting at the diocesan level this fall, continuing at the continental level in 2022 and ending in Rome in 2023, discussing “fellowship, participation and mission” within the church.

This week in “Inside the Vatican,” host Colleen Dulle and Vatican correspondent Gerard O’Connell discuss what we know about the new process: who is involved, what will be the topics for discussion, and whether the dioceses in the states- United with China can organize local listening sessions requested by the Vatican.

“As a Catholic, you are part of a worldwide church, which has big problems in some areas, which is doing quite well in others, but which has a major task,” Gerry says in this episode. “And I think the Pope is [challenging us to consider] mission. What is the mission of the church? What is the point?”

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