During the afternoon of Thursday, October 19, the members of the Synod of Synodality accompanied Pope Francis to the ‘Angel Unawares’ monument in St. Peter’s Square to pray for migrants and refugees from around the world: a terrible reality for the one that millions of people around the world are going through, and that reached the debates of the Synod, urging the Church to reflect on how to be present before it.


This prayer, explained in yesterday’s briefing by Cardinal Michael Czerny, prefect of the Dicastery for the Service of Integral Human Development, “is intended to symbolize the path of the Church with some of the most vulnerable people on earth, especially those who flee, who “They are forced to move away from their country and their home.” And it is that “the harmony, goodwill and deep exchange experienced in the Synod hall contrast incredibly with the anxiety, insecurity, vulnerability, and marginalization of these people, with the terrible silence about the migrants and refugees present in our society, which rejects them,” stated the cardinal. For this reason, “tonight’s prayer is a beautiful opportunity to put into practice what we talk about and what we do at the Synod,” since “experiencing synodality at the Synod means walking together toward the monument and praying in front of this image.” “which represents all those people who have been fleeing forever.”

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It was, in fact, a prayer without specific names of countries or specific peoples: “we respect people who come from different places and experience different tragedies, most of which we don’t even know about. The prayer will refer to different situations in different contexts: when we pray for people suffering from war or injustice, we will remember those around us who find themselves in that terrible situation,” Czerny explained.

The role of women

The prayer in St. Peter’s Square ended yesterday’s activities, Thursday. After today’s meeting, Sister Mary T. Barron, recently elected president of the International Union of Superiors General (UISG), participated in the press conference, explaining that, on the issue of the female diaconate, “it matters little” what let her think. “It is more important what the synod thinks. The question is on the table, and the Synod must discern these issues together,” he explained. For her part, Sister Houda Fadoul, of the Greek Catholic Church of Syria, “it is more important for a man or a woman to become aware of their respective role in the Church,” since, in Syria, women work together with priests and the deacons, and it is a very beautiful experience.” “I believe that the concept of complementarity is very important for any issue related to the role of women within the ecclesial community,” the nun insisted. “Synodality is not uniformity; it is walking together in our respective cultures,” said Tarcisio Isao Kikuchi. , archbishop of Tokyo, and a participant in this Friday’s press conference.

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