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Pope Francis Extends Synod to 2024, Urging Participation, Patience

posted on October 20, 2022

Claire Giangravé of Religion News Service reports, “Pope Francis extended his massive consultation of Catholic faithful around the world by a year, urging patience for the three-year turned four-year process that promises to reform Catholic hierarchies and promote decentralization in the church.” The process has had low levels of participation thus far, including only 10 percent of American Catholics. Francis said, “I hope this decision will favor the understanding of synodality as a constitutive element of the church and will help everyone experience it as a journey of brothers and sisters who witness the joy of the gospel.”

Read at Religion News Service