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Synod Report: A Church that involves everyone and is close to world’s wounds
Women and the laity, diaconate, ministry and magisterium, peace and the climate, the poor and migrants, ecumenism and identity, new languages and renewed structures, old and new missions (including the “digital” mission), listening to all and probing everything more deeply, even the most ‘controversial’ issues. In the Synthesis Report approved and published today by the 16th General Assembly of the Synod on Synodality, there is a renewed look at the world and the Church and their demands. After four weeks of work, which began on 4 October in the Paul VI Hall, the General Assembly concluded its first session today in the Vatican.
The document of some forty pages is the result of the work of the assembly that took place “while wars both old and new have raged in the world, with dramatic consequences that are impacting upon countless victims.” The report continues, “The cry of the poor resounded among us, of those forced to migrate and of those suffering violence and the devastating consequences of climate change. We heard their cry not only through the media, but also through the voices of many present, who were personally involved in these tragic events whether through their families or their people” (Foreword).
To this challenge and many others, the universal Church has tried to offer a response in the Small Circles and in the interventions. Everything came together in the Synthesis Report, which is divided into a preface and three parts, and which traces the path for the work to be done in the second session in 2024.
XVI Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops adopted the following Synthesis Report
Homes for Ukraine Matching Service
Caritas Social Action Network, in partnership with St John of God Hospitaller Services, an international Catholic Charity with many services for the vulnerable in the UK and Ireland, are matching Ukraine people displaced by the brutal war with people in the Catholic community willing to host them in their homes for six months. If you have a room in your home and in your heart to consider welcoming a stranger displaced by war, then we’d love to hear from you.
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Pope Francis calls for ceasefire in Holy Land
Oct 29th, 2023
Source: Vatican News
Pope Francis has called for an immediate ceasefire in the Holy Land. Addressing the faithful gathered in St Peter’s Square for his Sunday Angelus, the Holy Father invited everyone to “continue to pray … for the serious situation in Palestine and Israel”. In particular, he asked that humanitarian aid be allowed to enter Gaza and that all hostages be freed.
The Holy Father quoted Father Ibrahim Faltas, the Egyptian Franciscan vicar of the Custody of the Holy Land in Jerusalem, who recently spoke on the Italian television programme A Sua Immagine (In his image). I listened to him and he said: “Ceasefire, Ceasefire!”
“We too, like Father Ibrahim, say Ceasefire”, said the Pope, adding: “stop, brothers and sisters: war is always a defeat-always, always.
Fr Faltas has thanked Pope Francis for his appeal – saying that up til now no one has heeded the needs of the people of Gaza.
Speaking from Jerusalem, he thanked Pope Francis, saying: “… only the Holy Father among all the powerful in this world, has used the word ‘Ceasefire’, and said that war is a defeat for all. It is only the Pope who makes these appeals.”
But his gratitude was accompanied by sadness at seeing that other “powerful people of the earth” have not heeded this cry.
“No one has listened” he said. “No one hears the needs of these people of Gaza who are homeless, without food, electricity, water, without anything.”
“There are children killed, women, people with disabilities. More than 10,000 people have been killed in 24 days. There are so many children, so many women under the destroyed houses in Gaza,” he said.
“Nobody knows how to help these people. In Gaza, everything is lacking, including the essential to be able to live. And all these wounded people, more than 20,000 people who cannot receive treatment and be saved. Only him, only the Holy Father is calling for a ceasefire. I hope they listen to him!”
Meanwhile, as the ground attack in the Gaza Strip intensifies and the humanitarian situation worsens, reports have emerged that some residents have had their internet connection restored today.
Father Ibrahim Faltas took the opportunity to contact his brothers and sisters sheltering in the Holy Family parish in Gaza. “Yes, communication is back but it is not stable,” he explained. “I did everything I could to speak with Sister Nabila Saleh, the sister of the Holy Rosary, and Father Youssef.”
“They are there with these people who are very sick. There are almost 700 people staying in their parish, sleeping there, eating there, living there,” he said.
“Just imagine 700 people all in one church, while the whole of Gaza is besieged!”
“Two million people live in Gaza, without food, without electricity, without water, medicine, nothing! It is a horrible situation there. But who listens? Who sees these things?”
On Saturday, insisted the Franciscan friar, recalling the demonstrations in the streets, millions of people “asked their rulers to cease fire, to stop this hell. It really is hell! The people of Gaza are living in hell, but we too, throughout the Holy Land, are living an extremely difficult time. It is a hell for everyone.”
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