Church’s multiyear initiatives on synodality, Laudato Si’ and Eucharist intertwine

By Brian Roewe
February 15, 2022

In a span of several weeks last fall, three large initiatives landed on the doorsteps of U.S. Catholic dioceses, parishes, congregations and organizations.

Beginning in October, Pope Francis opened the synod on synodality, a two-year engagement of the global church focused on listening and encounter. A month later, the Vatican officially launched its Laudato Si’ Action Platform, which invites all parts of the church to take up seven-year programs to adopt sustainable and ecologically friendly practices. And just days after that, the U.S. bishops announced their own plans for what they’ve called a National Eucharistic Revival, a three-year project that will culminate in the summer of 2024.

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