Francis appoints female deacon advocates to Synod


VATICAN CITY (LifeSiteNews) — Pope Francis has appointed to the General Secretariat of the Synod advisers who advocate for female deacons, with the Holy See confirming the anticipated next stage of the Synod on Synodality will be held this October in Rome. 

Issued via a press release February 17, the upcoming dates for the culminating stage of the multi-year Synod on Synodality were announced. The synod meetings will take place October 2 through 27, with participants joining for a two day retreat starting September 30. 

As LifeSiteNews has already detailed, the working document, or Instrumentum laboris, for the October 2024 synod session will be written by late June and based on a fresh round of diocesan reflections on the synthesis report from the 2023 synod meeting. A key theme of the report was the push for a new role for women – the female diaconate or female governance being the most commonly voiced preferences by synodal activist or heterodox prelates.

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