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Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

You will, I am sure, recall the work in which many of you were involved earlier in the year, answering Pope Francis’ call to respond to the Synod questions. Our response, collated with the other Dioceses, formed the submission from England and Wales to the Synod office in Rome.

The process of the Synod has recently been adjusted, not only with an extension into 2024, but also to include an additional opportunity to review, at a local level, a document that has been written by a group reflecting on the submissions from across the world. This expansion and extension of the process is a positive sign of the overwhelming response to the call, driven by the Holy Spirit.

I would like to invite you all to read and reflect on this paper called the ‘Working Document for the Continental Stage’ and consider the three questions that are posed towards the end of Section 4. These questions can be reflected on and answered online here. The title of the document is taken from Isaiah 54, ‘Enlarge the space of your tent.’ This reminds us that we are all called to take part in this journey, as we consider how to be a Church that is expanding our welcome and ‘proclaiming the Gospel of Jesus to all peoples.’

Thank you for continuing to contribute to this important journey for the life and mission of the Church.

With every Blessing,

+ Richard

Information on the Synod with a link to the response form have been shared with parishes via our fortnightly Formation Team online mailing. Details will be uploaded to the Synod page of the diocesan website early next week. The deadline for responses is Wednesday 14 December 2022.

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