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Catholic Church Synod: A unique chance for voices to be heard

W H A T | Opening Mass: For a Synodal Church

W H E N | Sunday Oct. 17, 2021 11 A.M. Mass

W H E R E | Cathedral Basilica of St. Peter in Chains in Cincinnati

Release Date:  Oct. 16, 2021

Catholic Church Synod: A unique chance for voices to be heard

At the direction of Pope Francis, a Synod has been convoked that will run from 2021 until 2023 entitled, For a Synodal Church: Communion, Participation and Mission. On Sunday, October 17, 2021, the Synod will open in the Archdiocese of Cincinnati. The Catholic Church has at times called Synods to bring forth the voice of the faithful from a diocese, a country or from around the world. Pope Francis announced this global Synod in September 2021. The Holy Father opened the world-wide Synod October 10, 2021 in Rome. This weekend dioceses are asked to locally open the Synod.

Father Steve Angi, Chancellor of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, will celebrate Mass on Sunday Oct. 17, 2021 at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Peter in Chains to open the Synod for the Archdiocese of Cincinnati. At Mass he will announce the local facilitator of the Synod, Deacon John Homoelle. In the coming months more information will be released from the archdiocese about listening sessions and ways locally to participate in the Synod. The local participation in the Synod will conclude into 2022 when all consultation is due back to the Vatican by April. The Synod will be open until 2023 when bishops will meet for a discussion on Synodality in the Church.

Information about the Synod from the Vatican can be found here: https://press.vatican.va/content/salastampa/en/bollettino/pubblico/2021/09/07/210907a.html

The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Cincinnati is the 44th largest Catholic diocese in the country, with more than 440,000 Catholics, and has the fifth largest Catholic school system in terms of enrollment with more than 40,000 students.  The 19-county territory includes 208 parishes and 111 Catholic primary and secondary schools.


Jennifer Schack

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Archdiocese of Cincinnati

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