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Synod 2023

First Session | October 2023

As you are aware, in October 2023, 54 Catholic women participated and voted as co-equals with bishops in a Synod. A turning point for the Catholic Church, these women brought new perspectives and gifts to a Church learning to be more welcoming, inclusive, and compassionate.

These women are now commonly being referred to as the Synod Mothers (i.e. Council Fathers from Vatican II).

A tribute to these women that was created by Future Church to honor them for their contributions and their pioneering efforts to bring synodality to the Catholic Church. May their memory live on.



The General Secretariat of the Synod has released a multimedia version of the "Letter to the People of God" from the 16th Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops.

The letter gives thanks for the experience of the Synod, detailing their work during the past few weeks and expressing the hope that everyone will be able to "concretely participate in the dynamism of missionary communion indicated by the word 'synod'". Please click on the link below to view the multimedia version of the letter.

To view the written version of the Letter to the People of God click on the link below.

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