This week, one of the most significant events in recent Church history—the Synod of Bishops, colloquially known as the ‘synod on synodality’—got under way in Rome with Mass in St Peter’s Square.
Sr Bernadette Reis FSP is a Sister with the Daughters of St Paul and works in multimedia with Vatican News. She has been working ‘behind the scenes’ with the synod and talks with us about what this synod is about, what it’s not, and why it matters.
Ahead of the synod, Pope Francis prayed for listening instead of ‘polarisation’, and Fr Ormond Rush has broken down synodality in a video released by the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference.
Also this week, at the end of its tour of Australia, the relic statue of Don Bosco was farewelled at a special Mass in Brunswick North celebrating 100 years of the Salesians in Australia. A long-awaited parish centre in Ivanhoe has been blessed and opened. We hear about how reading the Old Testament can deepen our knowledge and faith. And parishioners at Holy Trinity Bentleigh East celebrate their cultural diversity at a series of Migrant and Refugee Sunday celebrations.
Finally, Dr Michael Casey of the PM Glynn Institute reveals some of the key findings from the institute’s 2022 survey on hope, trust and belonging in Australian society. The results are ‘surprising’, suggesting that religion may be more ‘enduring’ in Australia than we previously thought.
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