This year, which marks the 500th anniversary of the conversion of St. Ignatius of Loyola, the Church is undergoing a synodal and ministerial renewal: communion, participation and mission. Just as five centuries ago, when the Society of Jesus was founded, a synodal process is currently being drawn up within an updated ecclesial framework which, according to Cardinal Pedro Barreto, from the Ecclesial Assembly on the American continent, represents an extremely valuable contribution to the reform of the universal church. A church that listens, discerns and acts together, based on a unity where all are involved.
Synodality is not an invention of Pope Francis, but a return to the sources, with biblical support. It is to feel as a people on a journey, always on the move and forming this spirit of communion.
Synodality is part of the experience of the people of God as a process of listening, of discernment, to respond to current needs and guide future steps, which should be put in place as a Catholic Church.
Walking together to “serve Christ and his Bride, the Church, under the Roman Pope”.
Cardinal Pedro Ricardo Barreto Jimeno S.J., has been Metropolitan Archbishop of Huancayo, first vice-president of the Peruvian Episcopal Conference and president of the Pan-Amazonian Ecclesial Network (REPAM) since 2020.