The worldwide Synod, on the theme “For a Synodal Church: Communion, Participation, and Mission,” opened in October 2021, and was scheduled to conclude with the XVI Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops, set for October 2023. In October 2022, Pope Francis announced a second session of the Synod of Bishops to take place in October 2024, extending the synodal journey.
The first phase included listening in local churches (October 2021-April 2022). The second phase is to take place in diocese and bishops’ conferences, leading up to the two sessions of the bishops’ meetings. Multiple reports are prepared during the different phases of the process.