Hong Kong (Agenzia Fides) - After 10 months of extensive and intense consultation, the diocesan Ad hoc Consultation Committee for the Synod on Synodality, in the diocese of Hong Kong, has just completed and published the summary report of the first consultation phase. The report has already been sent to Rome. Thus, the Church of Hong Kong offers its contribution in a spirit of communion to the synodal journey of the universal Church in preparation for the 16th Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops (2021-2023) convened by Pope Francis in October 2023 with the theme: "For a synodal Church: communion, participation and mission".
According to the Hong Kong Diocesan Newsletter, the Hong Kong diocese's summary document is divided into three parts (Communion, Participation and Mission) with 10 themes that have emerged from diocesan discernment: fellow travelers, listening, courageous intervention, celebration, carrying out the mission in a spirit of co-responsibility, dialogue in church and society, ecumenical dialogue, power and participation, discernment and decision-making, and formation of the synodal spirit.
The Coordination Committee for Synodal Consultation, set up by Cardinal John Tong, began its work of consulting the People of God in October 2021. During this phase, the body organized 13 public meetings with about 1,200 participating faithful; 11 formation seminars together with 170 ecclesial groups and with 930 participants. In addition, in six months, the online questionnaire received the opinions of 1,278 faithful, catechumens and also non-Christians, thanks to the active participation of 150 associations, religious congregations, ecclesiastical movements and individual believers. These voices from the Hong Kong ecclesial community have built the diocesan synodal process and basic community participation, with the desire and the aim of including everyone and not excluding anyone. This approach explicitly expressed the synodality desired and indicated by Pope Francis. (NZ) (Agenzia Fides, 19/8/2022)