AMERICA/VENEZUELA - The diocesan phase of the Synod towards its conclusion: the results of 4,000 meetings are processed

Monday, 20 June 2022 synodality   local churches   synod of bishops  

Caracas (Agenzia Fides) - From 13 to 17 June, the National Commission of the Synod on Synodality met at the headquarters of the Episcopal Conference of Venezuela (CEV) to read, reflect and draw up a synthesis of the contributions from the work of the dioceses . According to the note from the CEV sent to Fides, in the country there were about 4,000 meetings of the Synod Assemblies in the diocesan phase, with the participation of 56,000 people, who reflected, commented and expressed their thoughts and proposals.
The National Commission is made up of a multidisciplinary team comprising four lay people (two women and two men), two nuns and two priests. During these five days, the Commission deepened the results of the diocesan Assemblies that have been held since October 2021, when Pope Francis launched the call to begin the path of Synodality, and which took place in the particular Venezuelan Churches. The diocesan phase is now in its culminating phase, with the elaboration of the synthesis. Sister Gleudy Lara, PVM, member of the Commission, explained: "We wanted, as a team, to make community, reflecting according to the word of God and encountering a Church which, if it wants to walk in synodality, has many challenges but also many hopes". She then underlined the wealth of contributions from all the dioceses. Another member of the Commission, Fr. José Antonio Da Conceicao, informed that, at the end of the diocesan phase, the synthesis will be presented to the Episcopal Assembly, which will take place in July, where the Bishops will study the conclusions. Then, the Bishops will be able to integrate the text with their decisions. Once this phase is completed, the material will be sent by August 15 to the General Secretariat of the Synod of Bishops in Rome. (SL) (Agenzia Fides, 20/6/2022)