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Pope urges parish priests to become missionaries of synodality

May 09, 2024

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CWN Editor's Note: The Vatican has published Pope Francis’s mandate to the parish priests who were present at the recent international meeting on synodality.

“I ask you today to become missionaries of synodality with your brother parish priests, once you return home: inspiring reflection on the renewal of the ministry of the parish priest in a synodal and missionary light, promoting moments of conversation in the Spirit among parish priests, in person or online, making the most of the opportunity of meetings that are already organized, or organizing one for the purpose,” the Pontiff wrote.

“And then, I ask you to inform the Secretariat of the Synod of the fruits of these meetings, following the directions that will be given to you,” he continued.

Pope Francis entrusted the mandate to the priests on May 2, the day on which he wrote a separate letter to the world’s parish priests.

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  • Posted by: feedback - May. 09, 2024 7:26 AM ET USA

    It sounds like "synodality" is pretty important for pope Francis. All we need now is a clear definition of it with some references to the Scripture and some examples of what is "synodal" and what isn't. How "synodal" was ignoring the Dubia about Amoris Laetitia, or suppressing TLM? How "synodal" was imposing Fiducia's gay blessings on the Catholic priests and bishops? How "synodal" were the scandalous promotions of Zanchetta, Rupnik and others? How "synodal" is the entire pontificate of Francis?