International meeting of Parish Priests

28 April - 2 May 2024 -  Fraterna Domus in Sacrofano (Rome)


How to be a synodal local Church in mission?


The program of the meeting is available in English, French, Italian and Spanish.

Participants' List.



Greeting by Cardinal Mario Grech, Secretary General of the General Secretariat of the Synod (ENG)
Greeting by Cardinal Lazarus You Heung sik, Prefect of the Dicastery for the Clergy (ITA)
Greeting by Msgr. Hyacinthe Dioné, Dicastery for Evangelisation (ITA)
Address by Fr Giacomo Costa SJ, Special Secretary of the 16th Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops (ITA)
Introduction by H.E. Msgr. Luis Marín de San Martín, O.S.A., Undersecretary of the General Secretariat of the Synod (ESP)
Report of Sr. Nathalie Becquart, X.M.C.J., Under-Secretary of the General Secretariat of the Synod (FRA)

Reports of the Working Groups - 29 April

Reports of the Working Groups - 30 April

Reports of the Working Groups - 1 May

Greetings of Cardinal Jean-Claude Hollerich SI to Pope Francis (ITA)

Letter of the Holy Father to the Parish Priests



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What is this meeting about and who is promoting it?

It is a meeting for listening, for prayer and discernment promoted by the General Secretariat of the Synod and the Dicastery for the Clergy, together with the Dicastery for Evangelisation (Section for the First Evangelisation and the Particular New Churches) and the Dicastery for the Oriental Churches.

This initiative also responds to the indications of the participants in the first session of the 16th Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops, who suggested listening more to the voice of parish priests.

What are the objectives?
  • To listen to and enhance the synodal experience they are having in their respective parishes and dioceses.
  • To enable dialogue and the exchange of experiences and ideas.
  • To provide material to be used for the drafting of the Instrumentum laboris for the Second Session, together with the summaries of the consultation coordinated by the Bishops' Conferences and the results of the theological-canonical study carried out by five Working Groups activated by the General Secretariat of the Synod.
How many participants will attend the meeting?

The number of participants (around 200) was determined according to a criterion similar to that used for the election of the members of the Synodal Assembly by the Bishops' Conferences[1]. However, given the requests received from some Bishops' Conferences, the number of parish priests will be higher than 200.


[1] For the Latin Rite Church - according to the number of members of each Bishops' Conference: 1 representative for Bishops' Conferences with no more than 25 members; 2 representatives for Bishops' Conferences with 26-50 members; 3 for Bishops' Conferences with 51-100 members; 4 for Bishops' Conferences with more than 100 members. In addition, 1 parish priest per continent representing ecclesiastical circumscriptions without an Episcopal Conference. For the Eastern Catholic Churches: 1 representative for each Synod of Bishops or Council of Hierarchs of the Eastern Catholic Churches with no more than 25 members; 2 representatives for each Synod or Council with 26-50 members; 3 representatives for each Synod or Council with more than 50 members.

What criteria were used for the selection of the parish priests?

For the selection of participants, the Bishops' Conferences and Eastern Catholic Churches were asked to take the following criteria into account as much as possible:

  • Preference for parish priests who have significant experience in the perspective of a synodal Church.
  • Promotion of a variety of pastoral backgrounds (rural, urban, specific socio-cultural contexts, etc.).
How is the meeting programme structured?

The meeting will take place in two major moments.


First moment

In Sacrofano (29 April -1 May):

General theme: How to be a local synodal Church in mission.

A theme for each of the three days: The face of the synodal Church; All disciples, all missionaries; Weaving bonds, building community.

Presentations will be accompanied by five experts: V. David (bishop, Philippines), B. Ndubueze Ejeh (canonist, Nigeria), T. Halík (theologian, Czech Republic), G. Routhier (theologian, Canada) and M.L. Zervino (sociologist, Argentina).

Method: Conversation in the Spirit.

Group and plenary work.

Time for prayer (prayer at the beginning of the day, time for personal prayer, celebration of the Eucharist). In the morning, the Blessed Sacrament will be exposed in the chapel.


Second moment

At the Vatican (2 May):

Meeting-dialogue with the Holy Father (New Synod Hall).

Eucharist in St. Peter's Basilica (Altar of the Cathedra).