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Rajshahi bishop attributes "Synodal Church" to the collective effort to transform the diocese in Bangladesh

Rajshahi diocese in Bangladesh celebrates annual Pastoral assembly at Christo Jyoti Pastoral Center from September 11 to 13. (Photo: Father Nikhil Gomes)

The bishop of Bangladesh stated that the concept of the Synodal church as a response to Pope Francis's call should be a commitment to transform the diocese into a synodal church.

"We are committed to making Rajshahi diocese a synodal Church. Here we want to reiterate and reinforce that commitment", said Bishop Gervas Rozario in the opening remark of the annual diocesan pastoral assembly at Christa Jyoti (light of Christ) Pastoral Centre on September 11 and 13.

As they discussed "Synodal Church: The Responsibility of the Faithful with Communion, Participation and Mission" as the theme of the annual Pastoral assembly, he exhorted everyone in the diocese to work together to fulfill the mandate to become a synodal diocese.

"What we do must be done together, the bishops, priests, brothers, sisters, and faithful of the diocese must all do it together," the prelate said.

The program was attended by over 275 participants, including 53 priests and brothers, 40 nuns, and a representative from each parish.

The main aim and objective of the pastoral assembly is to walk in solidarity with the Synodal Church and actively participate in Communion, Participation, and Mission by accepting the responsibilities of the Christian faith as Synodal Church at the continental, national, and Church levels.

One of the participants, Francis said, "It is a trend and nature of a church to walk together. The basic tenets of the church are rooted in the Trinity God. ‘Communion’ is a sign of well-being on the way together."

Monica Dina Cruze, who participated in this pastoral assembly said, "The Synodal Church is calling us to express unity by serving the Church in various ways from our respective positions as well as the vow holders of Parish".

Bangladesh Rajshahi diocese realized that the Synodal process is helping in building up a unified Church and working together.

Father Bablu Corraya, who convened the Pastoral Assembly, expressed his gratitude to all the participants for their active participation. - Nikhil Gomes


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