Pope to Inaugurate Synod October 10 with Mass

There Will Be a Moment of Reflection in the Synod’s New Hall on Saturday, October 9

Pope Inaugurate
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Pope Francis will inaugurate the Synod on Synodality in the Vatican with the celebration of Mass in Saint Peter’s Basilica on Sunday, October 10. It will be preceded by a moment of reflection in the Synod’s New Hall on Saturday, October 9.

According to a note of the Synod of Bishops’ General Secretariat, the program on Saturday includes works in a Plenary Session and work in linguistic groups. Attending will be representatives of the People of God, among them the delegates of the International Meetings of Episcopal Conferences and assimilated organisms; members of the Roman Curia; fraternal delegates; delegates of Consecrated Life and of lay Ecclesial Movements; the Young Peoples’ Council, etc. Pope Francis will participate in the first part of the works.

The Holy Mass on Sunday, October 10 at 10:00 am, presided over by the Holy Father, will inaugurate the Synod for the universal Church and for the Diocese of Rome, with the participation of the faithful.

Saturday’s Plenary Session and Sunday’s Holy Mass will be broadcast live by Vatican Media

Here is the program for October 9.

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Saturday, October 9, 2021 – From 9:00 am to 1:00 pm

Synod’s New Hall

Moment of Reflection

For the Start of the Synodal Journey

 8:00 am                           Welcome

Enthronement and Proclamation of the Word of God

(Rev 1:9-20)

9:00 am

Meditation: Father Paul Béré, SJ (Burkina Fasso) and

Cristina Inogés Sanz (Spain)

The Holy Father’s Address

 Greeting of Cardinal Jean Claude Hollerich, Rapporteur

General of the Synod

Testimonies: A young woman (South Africa, A nun (United States of America) (in video), A Bishop (Korea)


A family (Australia) (on video). A priest (Brazil) (on video).

A Head of a Religious Community (France)


Message of Cardinal Mario Grech, Secretary-General of the Synod

Introduction to the works in Small Groups

11:00 am                        Pause

11:30                               Workshop in Small Groups (by languages)

1:30 pm                          End