In March 2020, Pope Francis announced that the theme for the XVI Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops would be "For a Synodal Church: Communion, Participation and Mission". 

The journey towards the celebration of the Synod in October 2023 will solemnly open on October 9-10, 2021 in Rome, and on October 17 in each particular Church.

With the convocation of the Synod of Bishops on the themes of communion, participation and mission, Pope Francis invites the entire Church to reflect on a theme that is decisive for its life and mission: "It is precisely this path of synodality which God expects of the Church of the third millennium. This journey, which follows in the wake of the Church's 'renewal' proposed by the Second Vatican Council, is both a gift and a task."

The Catholic Church is Australia invites you to make submissions via an online portal that will open on October 17. Those submissions will help the Bishops develop a national report to support the global process leading to an international gathering in 2023. Find out more at:

Check out the introductory video to the Synod below:

For more information, the Official Synod of Bishops website can be found right here: