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Synod: Letter to the People of God

Synod: Letter to the People of God


Letter of the XVI Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops to the People of God


Dear sisters, dear brothers,

As the proceedings of the first session of the 16th Ordinary General Assembly of the  Synod of Bishops draw to a close, we want to thank God with all of you for the beautiful and enriching experience we have lived. We lived this blessed time in profound communion with all of you. We were supported by your prayers, bearing with you your expectations, your  questions, as well as your fears. As Pope Francis requested two years ago, a long process of listening and discernment was initiated, open to all the People of God, no one being excluded, to “journey together” under the guidance of the Holy Spirit, missionary disciples engaged in the following of Jesus Christ.

The session in which we have been gathered in Rome since 30 September is an  important phase of this process. In many ways it has been an unprecedented experience. For the first time, at Pope Francis’ invitation, men and women have been invited, in virtue of their  baptism, to sit at the same table to take part, not only in the discussions, but also in the voting process of this Assembly of the Synod of Bishops. Together, in the complementarity of our  vocations, our charisms and our ministries, we have listened intensely to the Word of God  and the experience of others. Using the conversation in the Spirit method, we have humbly shared the wealth and poverty of our communities from every continent, seeking to discern what the Holy Spirit wants to say to the Church today. We have thus also experienced the  importance of fostering mutual exchanges between the Latin tradition and the traditions of Eastern Christianity. The participation of fraternal delegates from other Churches and  Ecclesial Communities deeply enriched our discussions.

Our assembly took place in the context of a world in crisis, whose wounds and scandalous inequalities resonated painfully in our hearts, infusing our work with a particular gravity, especially since some of us come from countries where war rages. We prayed for the victims of deadly violence, without forgetting all those who have been forced by misery and corruption to take the dangerous road of migration. We assured our solidarity and  commitment alongside the women and men all over the world who are working to build  justice and peace.


Joan breit

My gratitude for the sharing!


Arantza Uriarte Erdaide

Es una gran esperanza para todos los creyentes y creo que tambien para este mundo y todo el pueblo de Dios la manera como está aconteciendo este Sinodo desde que inició su andadura. El deseo vivo y hecho realidad de la escucha del pueblo de Dios, tambien de creyentes de otras confesiones, la apertura a las mujeres... Gracias tambien por esta carta y por todo el trabajo de esta primera sesion. Que continuen y continuemos en la escucha del Espiritu y de la "novedad" que esta imprimiendo a toda la Iglesia. Gracias!!!


Elena Barrio

Me gusta la carta y quiero compartir con todos y todas.


S. Maria Reparata O’Donnell

This letter to us encompasses and enfolds so very much but is expressed sooooo beautifully . May the HolySpirit of the Father and Son continue with us on our journey together. May we return to our God as he has planned good for us not evil. God bless us all. Thank you, Pope Francis, for your listening ear to the Holy Spirit and responding to the gifts of the Spirit to lead us. … to WAKE US UP!!!


MªCarmen Flórez Panizo

Gracias por su buen trabajo informativo.


Herlinda Ic Si

Grazie per condividere la esperienza vissuta sotto la guida dello Spirito Santo e come fratelli e sorelle in Cristo Gesù. Un mettersi in cammino come donne e uomini che vogliono dare fiducia ed speranza a gli ultimi oggi, al mondo. Grazie

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