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Let the Holy Spirit be heard

An American Sister working for Vatican News has told Australian Catholic journalists that media coverage of the First Session of the Synod on Synodality needs to be balanced to respect the freedom of Synod participants to discern contentious issues and listen to the Holy Spirit.


Living the gift of communion

Communion is one of the three key themes for the Synod on Synodality meeting in Rome this October and next year. The other two themes – mission and participation – are so closely related to communion that one can’t be properly understood without the others.


The Lord and giver of life

One of the reminders that the Second Vatican Council gave to the Church was not to forget the essential role of the Holy Spirit in the life of each believer and in the life of the Church. Not that the Holy Spirit was ever forgotten, rather it was more that the Holy Spirit was less emphasised than might be.


Synod document released

As the Church approaches the first session of the forthcoming Synod of Bishops, Australian Catholics are being encouraged to continue their engagement with the global synodal journey through prayer, ongoing discernment and local conversations.