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As part of the worldwide consultation ahead of the 16th Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops in October 2023, the Diocese of Westminster has launched its Synodal Pathway. We are now undergoing a time for listening which takes place in our parishes during November and the first part of Advent.
I have come here to encourage you to take this synodal process seriously
and to tell you that the Holy Spirit needs you. And this is true: the Holy
Spirit needs us. Listen to it by listening to yourself. Don't leave anyone out or behind.
Address Of The Holy Father Francis To The Faithful Of The Diocese Of Rome,
18 September 2021
We all know the adage ‘It’s good to talk’. We know how important communication
is for every relationship. But talking must be matched by listening.
Indeed, often the listening is more demanding, and really it should come first.
So it is with this ‘Synodal’ invitation. The pathway is listening, the task is discerning together the important lessons and prompting of the Holy Spirit, and the outcome greater participation in the life and mission given to us by the Lord.
Cardinal Vincent Nichols, Pastoral Letter 3 October 2021