First of all, the Together prayer vigil and the
ecumenical dimension of the Synod, underlined by the presence of 12 fraternal
delegates from other Churches and Christian communions, who helped us to
highlight the challenge of Christian unity for today’s world. It is gratifying
to feel that we are experiencing an ecumenical “kairos” that calls us to go further along this path.
The experience of the spiritual retreat at Sacrofano
left a deep impression on all the participants and created a very good climate
of simple and joyful fraternity anchored in prayer. During these three days of
shared life in the same place, a style of relationship was initiated, marked by
humility, listening and dialogue, which permeated the entire synod and helped
us to experience the Church as a family.
key element was the novelty of the method and the way the space was arranged,
with round tables in the Paul VI Hall. The facilitators played a key role in
bringing us into this method of “conversation in the Spirit”, which put
everyone on an equal footing and allowed us to discern by listening to each
other. This was undoubtedly one of the greatest achievements of the Synod that
everyone wants to continue to implement.