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River Above Asia and Oceania Ecclesial Network

Ecclesial Synodality

Pope Francis emphasizes the value of Synodality as key for the Church in the Future. In the document Synodality in the Life and Mission of the Church, the value of inclusion of ecumenical movements was highlighted, stating, “it is important to acknowledge with joy that, in our time, ecumenical dialogue has come to recognize Synodality as something that reveals the nature of the Church, something essential to its unity in the variety of its manifestations.” (116) Synodality literally means “walking together”, referring to “involvement and participation of the whole People of God in the life and mission of the Church” (SLMC 7).

Moving forward, RAOEN needs to understand the value of connecting with other people of faith in uplifting the calls for change from local communities. RAOEN in collaboration with FABC, FCBCO, Global Alliance of Ecclesial Network, Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development, Caritas aims to create a space for synodality through this dialogue between local voices and Church and ecumenical leaders. The hope is to strengthen collaborations and commitments amongst these groups grounded on the common desire to care for the oceans and forests.