Synod on Synodality

Priests prepare to bring synodality from the Vatican to parishes around the world

By Claire Giangravé — May 2, 2024
(RNS) — Even as some Catholics look at the synod with skepticism, others don’t know what it means or haven’t heard of it at all. Pope Francis is tasking parish priests with changing that.

Women Are Shaking Up the Vatican + Claire Giangravé

By Roxanne Stone — April 18, 2024
RNS's Vatican reporter gives us the inside scoop on the contentious conversations around women's ordination in the Catholic Church.

US Catholics more polarized than ever about still-popular Pope Francis, survey says

By Aleja Hertzler-McCain — April 12, 2024
(RNS) — The Republican and Republican-leaning favorability rating represents a decline, creating the largest partisan gap in approval of Francis since his papacy began.

Can you be a feminist and a Catholic? A theologian argues it’s harder than ever.

By Claire Giangravé — March 21, 2024
VATICAN CITY (RNS) — In a post #MeToo and #ChurchToo world, Catholic feminists struggle to find reasons to stay.

‘There are still so many things to do,’ Pope says in new memoir amid resignation rumors

By Claire Giangravé — March 19, 2024
VATICAN CITY (RNS) — The new book, ‘Life: My Story Through History,’ is being published in Europe and the United States on the 11th anniversary of Pope Francis’ tenure at the helm of the Catholic Church.

Before tackling troublesome issues, Pope Francis insists on synodality

By Thomas Reese — March 19, 2024
(RNS) — I feel that I am on the Titanic while the crew is meeting to talk about how they should listen to one another.

Vatican puts the brakes on Synod on Synodality, pushes ‘controversial’ topics to 2025

By Claire Giangravé — March 14, 2024
(RNS) — Women deacons, priestly formation and other contentious questions won’t be a part of the next synod in October.

‘In the name of the Mother, Daughter and Holy Spirit’: Catholic women advocate change

By Claire Giangravé — March 7, 2024
VATICAN CITY (RNS) — Women meeting in Rome this week to promote female leadership in the Catholic Church are challenging the hierarchy’s resistance to change and its theological emphasis on ‘natural’ gender divisions.

Pope Francis needs to reform papal election process — carefully

By Thomas Reese — March 5, 2024
(RNS) — The process for choosing a pope is not divinely inspired. It is a human creation that has changed over time and can change again..

Catholic women working to change the church take inspiration from female saints

By Claire Giangravé — February 28, 2024
(RNS) — A network of leading female scholars and experts looking for ways to promote women’s standing in the church says the key is to embrace femininity.

The Catholic Church needs married priests now

By Thomas Reese — February 26, 2024
(RNS) — At the Last Supper, Jesus said, 'Do this in memory of me.' He did not say, 'Be celibate.'

The Synod on Synodality called for better liturgy. Will anyone listen?

By Thomas Reese — February 6, 2024
(RNS) — If the church is to have a Eucharistic revival, its liturgical texts should promote active participation by all people.

Pope Francis’ synod made few waves, but organizers say it’s already changing the church

By Claire Giangravé — January 25, 2024
(RNS) — The controversy over blessing gay couples is just another example of synodality at work, according to Sr. Nathalie Becquart.

Let the synodal consultations continue

By Thomas Reese — January 8, 2024
(RNS) — Diocesan consultations for the October 2024 session of the synod must be completed by April 8.

Young Catholics bring the spiritual lessons of the Synod on Synodality home

By Kyle Desrosiers    — January 3, 2024
(RNS) — Invited to participate in a global meeting of Catholic bishops and lay leaders, young Philadelphians found themselves hopeful about the future of the church.
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