Opening Mass for the Synod of Bishops in Local Churches

Sunday, 17 October 2021, 7.30am
Recorded Mass from the Apostolic Vicariate in Brunei Darussalam

Message for Synod of Bishops 2021-2023

Click to view the videos on the Message for the Synod of Bishops in four languages  (BM, English, Mandarin, Tamil)

You may stay tuned to the channel on participation of this Synod and visit for more information.

#newsletter n.4 – 10/2021 

To all of you who participated, in presence or from a distance, in the events of the Opening of the Synodal Process, the General Secretariat of the Synod of Bishops wishes a joyful and festive opening of this synodal time in your dioceses.

To the continental, national and diocesan contact persons, we wish strength for you work and assure you the support of our prayers. Send us your videos, photos, … of the opening to at or via whatsapp at +39 351 9348474.
And don’t forget to use the following tags
#synod #listeningchurch #walkingtogether

To the members of the commissions of the General Secretariat goes our heartfelt thanks for your hard work.
Although the path is long and hidden, it will also be full of beautiful surprises. 
Thank you for your service!

Press Kit

DOWNLOAD all the information concerning the opening of the synodal process (9-10 October 2021)

#newsletter n.3 – 10/2021 

Opening of the Synodal Journey

Pope Francis will officially open the Synod on Synodality at the Vatican with the celebration of the Eucharist at St Peter’s Basilica (Sunday 10 October), preceded by a moment of reflection in the Synod’s New Hall (Saturday 9 October).

Click to read the programme for the Moment of Reflection on Saturday 9 October.

Saturday’s plenary session and Sunday’s Holy Mass will be broadcast live by Vatican Media.


Communication Toolkit

The General Secretariat of the Synod of Bishops provides a series of elements to promote participation and communication around the Synodal Journey of the Church.

Through this Google Drive link it will be possible to download a series of templates for posters, leaflets, prayer, presentation powerpoints….

Special Social Media Toolkit

The “Young Social Network Facilitators”, a project of the Media Commission in cooperation with the Dicastery for Communication, have developed a colourful Social Media Toolkit.
We recommend that you read their “Official Guide to Content Creation and Digital Accompaniment” carefully before jumping straight into templates. Happy reading.

Synodality: What Is That? 
by Bishop Sebastian Francis

#newsletter n.2 – 09/2021 Available also in FR – IT – ES

Liturgical Suggestions to celebrate
the Opening of the Synod in the local Churches

We offer some clarifications on the objectives of the Liturgical Celebration to open the diocesan phase of the synodal journey together with some ideas and general suggestions for its implementation and animation.

We present some suggestions on the role of the Bishops’ Conference in the diocesan phase; its objectives in the synodal process; the synodal meeting of the Bishops’ Conference and much more – Resource for Episcopal Conferences.

On Saturday, 18 September, Pope Francis met and gave a memorable address to the faithful of the diocese of Rome on synodality and the meaning of the synodal path. Full speech available only in Italian or Read the VaticanNews article

Download the 
Preparatory Document (Dokumen Persediaan) for the synodal journey in Bahasa Malaysia.

#newsletter n.1 – 09/2021 – Available also in FR – IT – PT – ES


The Church of God is convened in Synod: a time of listening, dialogue and discernment that the whole Church intends to carry out over the next two years in order to better respond to its mission of proclaiming the Good News of Jesus Christ to the entire world. These Litterae communionis (Letters of Communion) of the General Secretariat for the Synod of Bishops want to resume the ancient Christian tradition of sending epistolae among the Churches as an instrument of sharing and communion.

Accompanying this journey of the Church in a synodical manner also means informing and sharing the joys, hopes and good practices of our communities. So: Set out on the road too and share this newsletter with your friends!


Download the 
Preparatory Document for the synodal journey!

Download the guide for listening and discernment

Simplified version of the prayer Adsumus Sancte Spiritus

For a Synodal Church: Communion, Participation, and Mission

Vademecum for the Synod on Synodality Official Handbook for Listening and Discernment in Local

First Phase [October 2021
April 2022]
in Dioceses and Bishops’ Conferences
Leading up to the Assembly of Bishops in Synod in October 2023

Synod of Bishops will begin in the local Churches

In October, Pope Francis will open a three-year synodal journey with three phases (diocesan, continental, universal) of consultations and discernment, culminating with the assembly in October 2023 in Rome.

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