The Synthesis Report was published at the end of the XVI General Assembly of the Synod on Synodality. Looking ahead to the second session in 2024, reflections and proposals are offered on topics such as the role of women and the laity, the ministry of bishops, the priesthood and diaconate, the importance of the poor and migrants, the digital mission, ecumenism, abuses.
Women and laity, diaconate, ministry and teaching, peace and climate, poor and emigrants, ecumenism and identity, new languages and renewed structures, old and new missions (also in digital) , listening to everything and more deeply – not superficially – to everything, including the most “controversial” topics. There is a renewed view of the world and the Church and their demands, in the Synthesis Report approved and published today by the XVI General Assembly of the Synod of Synodality. After four weeks of work, which began on October 4 in the Paul VI Hall, the ecclesial activity concludes today with its first session in the Vatican.
About forty pages of the document is the result of the work of the assembly that “took place while old and new wars were destroying the world, with the absurd drama of countless victims.” “The cry of the poor, of those forced to migrate, of those who suffer violence or suffer the devastating consequences of climate change resonates among us, not only through the media, but also from in the voices of many, who are personally involved in their families and people in these terrible events,” the document reads (Prologue).
To this challenge and many others, the universal Church tried to give an answer in the Small Circles and the talks. Everything came together in the Synthesis Report, divided into three parts, which outlined the path of work to be carried out in the second session of 2024.