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Indian Latin Dioceses finalize National Summary of Synod Synthesis Report Responses

Archbishop Peter Machado of Bangalore with the National Facilitating Team that prepared the National Summary of Diocesan Responses to the Synod Synthesis Report (photo supplied)

The Conference of Catholic Bishops of India (CCBI) has reached a pivotal milestone in its journey towards synodality with the preparation of the National Summary of Diocesan Responses to the Synod Synthesis Report in the meeting held at the CCBI Centre in Bengaluru, Karnataka, on April 20, 2024.

The National Facilitating Team, which consists of six members, conducted a meticulous study of responses received from Latin dioceses across India.

The illuminating insights from the Synod Synthesis Report of the First Session of the XVI General Assembly of the Synod provided a comprehensive framework for analysis and reflection, anchoring their work.

Utilizing the transformative power of dialogue and discernment, the team engaged in profound conversations, rooted in the spirit of synodality. The team meticulously crafted a summary chart through this collaborative process, capturing the essence of diverse perspectives and voices echoing from dioceses throughout the nation.

The process of synthesizing consultation results involved a journey of discernment, identifying and elevating synodality's priorities, initiatives, and best practices. This holistic approach, grounded in the ethos of communion and mutual respect, underscores the CCBI’s commitment to fostering a participatory and responsive Church.

The Federation of Asian Bishops' Conferences (FABC) and the Synod General Secretariat in Rome will now receive the consolidated summary, a testament to the collective wisdom and discernment of the Indian Catholic community. This significant step reaffirms India’s vibrant presence and active engagement in the global synodal journey, contributing to the universal Church’s ongoing dialogue and renewal.

Reflecting on the consolidation of responses, Archbishop Peter Machado of Bangalore, said, “We need to move from synod to synodality, which includes a change of mindset and attitude.”

His words encapsulate the transformative vision driving the Church’s synodal process, urging a shift towards a culture of encounter, listening, and shared responsibility.

Earlier in the proceedings, Cardinal Filipe Neri Ferrão, Archbishop of Goa-Daman and President of the CCBI extended heartfelt appreciation to the members of the National Facilitating Team for their dedicated work.

He emphasized the vital role of the Holy Spirit in guiding the Church’s discernment and underscored the importance of seeking divine guidance in all endeavours.

As the CCBI embarks on the next phase of its synodal journey, guided by the insights gleaned from this collaborative effort, it remains steadfast in its commitment to fostering communion, participation, and mission in the service of the Gospel. With input from Yesu Karunanidhi 


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