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Church in India’s northeastern state of Tripura prepares for ‘synod on synodality’

The Diocese of Agartala holds a meeting as part of preparations for the upcoming local synod on synodality. (Photo supplied)

The Catholic Church in India’s northeastern state of Tripura is gearing up for its “diocesan synod on synodality.”

Bishop Lumen Monteiro of Agartala already met with members of the clergy and the laity to explain the concept of “synodality,” thus setting off preparations for the start of the diocesan meeting.

The prelate explained the Vatican announcement of May 21 that the “synod on synodality” will officially open with a “diocesan phase” in October and conclude with the synod of bishops in Rome in 2023.

“During the diocesan phase, each bishop is asked to undertake a consultation process with the local Church from October 17 this year until April 2022,” said Bishop Monteiro.

He said the Vatican will soon send a preparatory document accompanied by a questionnaire and a “vademecum” with proposals for consultation.

The Vatican is expected to  release a working document  later this month for the “pre-synodal discernment in continental assemblies.”

Pope Francis is to officially inaugurate “the synodal path” on October 9 and 10 in Rome.

The theme of upcoming Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops is “For a Synodal Church: communion, participation and mission." 

Bishop Monteiro said participants in the meeting should “need a change in our pastoral mentality.”

The prelate said said that through the synod, Pope Francis exhorts the clergy to allow people to speak freely, giving space to “the wisdom of the people of God.” 

He said that is the reason why the synod is also called “synod from below.” - Frank Krishner / RVA News


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