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This is important: to get to know people, listen, expand the circle of ideas. The world is crisscrossed by roads that come closer together and move apart, but the important thing is that they lead towards the Good.  (Pope Francis)

“Where I’m terrified by what I am for you, I am given comfort by what I am with you.
For you I am a bishop, with you, after all, I am a Christian.
The first is the name of an office undertaken, the second a name of grace;
that one means danger, this one salvation.
Finally, as if in the open sea, I am being tossed about by the stormy activity involved in that one; but as I recall by whose blood I have been redeemed, I enter a safe harbor in the tranquil recollection of this one;
and thus while toiling away at my own proper office, I take my rest in the marvelous benefit conferred on all of us in common."

St Augustine, from "On the Anniversary of His Ordination”, Sermon 340

 

Pope Francis acknowledged and affirmed the position of all the baptized in our Church when he raised this question to the bishops in South America:

"As pastors, bishops, and priests, are we conscious and convinced of the mission of the lay faithful and do we give them the freedom to continue discerning, in a way befitting their growth as disciples, the mission which the Lord has entrusted to them?"

The time has come for all Catholics to assume their co-responsible role by taking tangible steps "to manifest their views on matters which concern the good of the Church” (Canon 212 #3). We, the People of God, need not wait for some other well organized group or some appointed leader to take action steps toward reform of our beloved Church. When we see wrong, it is our right and indeed our duty as baptized Catholics to speak up.

Synod of BishopsThere are times when the Faithful need to offer their insights, concerns and needs to the Synod of Bishops when it meets in assembly.

The Vatican website gives information about assemblies held from 1971. 

Can. 342 The synod of bishops is a group of bishops who have been chosen from different regions of the world and meet together at fixed times to foster closer unity between the Roman Pontiff and bishops, to assist the Roman Pontiff with their counsel in the preservation and growth of faith and morals and in the observance and strengthening of ecclesiastical discipline, and to consider questions pertaining to the activity of the Church in the world.

Can. 343 It is for the synod of bishops to discuss the questions for consideration and express its wishes but not to resolve them or issue decrees about them unless in certain cases the Roman Pontiff has endowed it with deliberative power, in which case he ratifies the decisions of the synod.

Pen and paper for writing a letter

In each letter you will see that our tone is one of support to Pope Francis, encouraging him to continue to move forward to bring about compassionate renewal in our Church.

We began in 2013 by asking that there be acknowledgement of our baptismal rights and responsibilities to have an effective voice in the governance of our Church. We went on to ask for dialogue with him and our bishops. Furthermore we asked that proactive encouragement be given to the formation of Pastoral Councils and convening of diocesan Synods. Pope Francis called assemblies of the Synod of Bishops in 2014 and 2015.  Our letters engaged with various aspects of the subject matter.

The letters have been composed by a network of friends throughout the world and they invite you to sign the current one either as an individual or as a group.

Each letter is being hand-delivered to the Pope and copied to each of the members of his council of eight cardinals.

Signing our letters is anonymous. We provide the Pope with the number of signatures broken down by country and status but the names are not included.

 


CCRI is pleased to keep you informed of opportunities to join like-minded Catholics on pilgrimages.

Announcement of the Jubilee

'I have decided to announce an Extraordinary Jubilee which has at its centre the mercy of God. It will be a Holy Year of Mercy. We want to live in the light of the word of the Lord: “Be merciful, even as your Father is merciful” (cf. Lk 6:36). And this especially applies to confessors! So much mercy!

This Holy Year will commence on the next Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception and will conclude on Sunday, 20 November 2016, the Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe and living face of the Father's mercy.'

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