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Events in Rome during the 2023 Synod

We Are Church International has gathered information with links to reform oriented events in Rome in October 2023 during the first stage of the Synod on Synodality.

We are happy to make this information on reform oriented events available for everyone and it is updated with information about what took place

Prayer for the Synod
Adsumus Sancte Spiritus

We stand before You, Holy Spirit, as we gather together in Your name. 
With You alone to guide us, make Yourself at home in our hearts; 
Teach us the way we must go and how we are to pursue it. 
We are weak and sinful; do not let us promote disorder. 
Do not let ignorance lead us down the wrong path nor partiality influence our actions. 
Let us find in You our unity so that we may journey together to eternal life and not stray from the way of truth and what is right. 
All this we ask of You, who are at work in every place and time, in the communion of the Father and the Son, forever and ever. 

Ecumenical Prayer Vigil

30 September 2023

Pope Francis recalled how "the path to Christian unity and the path of synodal conversion of the Church are linked". Highlighting this close connection, the announcement of an Ecumenical Prayer Vigil, next September 30 in St. Peter's Square, to which he invited "brothers and sisters of all Christian confessions" and with which "we will entrust to God the work of the XVI Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops".

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21-26 September 2023
Pilgrimage from Montefiascone
to Rome

30 September 2023
Present at St. Peter’s Square during the Pope’s prayer service for the Synod. Visible in our ‘March to Zero’ t-shirts (100 available) and our cross, we will ‘creatively’ participate in the Pope’s gathering.

2 October 2023 at 11am
Press conference at the Foreign Press Club, with survivors and activists from 5 continents.

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On the eve of Pope Francis’ Synod on Synodality (begins October4), Ending Clergy Abuse (ECA) will arrive in Rome with 35+ survivors of clergy sexual abuse and activists from 24 countries and 5 continents to demand Pope Francis’ make zero-tolerance a universal law of the Catholic Church as called for by the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child.

Women's Ordination Conference  will be in Rome throughout the month of October for the Synod of Bishops!Our witness is essential to ensure women’s voices, experiences, stories, and vocations are not erased or silenced in the synodal process. We will work for accountability to the grassroots, and be an uncompromising voice for equitable inclusion of women at every level of our church.

Women's Ordination 

3 October 2023
Prayer vigil featuring the voices of women worldwide.

6 October 2023  - see below
 “Walk with Women,” a procession through Rome to the synod hall that will encourage the church to walk alongside women as equals throughout the synodal path and beyond. We’ll also be offering “virtual” ways for you to walk with WOC in your community.

We’re just getting started. Throughout October, WOC leadership will be sharing daily video updates with our current members

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Pink Shoes into the Vatican
3 - 15 October 2023

Bringing the Be The Change campaign for gender equality in the Catholic Church literally to the streets of Rome. It is an art installation where we will line the streets leading into the Vatican with the shoes tied with pink ribbons and women’s stories of their experience as women in the church.  We will have mini pink shoe key rings and pamphlets to hand out to interested passers by. 

Visit Be The Change

Synod on 
Participation and Mission

4 - 29 October 2023

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Catholic Women's Council
6 - 15 October 2023

We celebrate our pilgrimage towards a truly synodal Church in Rome with a Synod of Women . In Rome, we will present locally and virtually, our wishes and our goals to those responsible and jointly stand up together for dignity, equality and justice in our church. We hope that the initiatives of our member groups will inspire, uncover and express the hopes, commonalities and issues confronted be many Catholics around the world.

10 October 2023
A gathering of members with, we hope, women from the Synod to share their experiences at the Synod.
+ a discussion on  "Women in the Instrumentum Laboris" from 1 pm to 5 pm at Casa Bonus Pastor.

11 October 2023
Liturgy at 5 pm with a meet and greet afterwards at the Casa Bonus Pastor.

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Association of Roman Catholic Women Priests

Roman Catholic Women Priests are coming to Rome, Italy, during the October Synod to share our lived experiences in widening the Church’s tent – October 5-15, 2023.

11 October 2023
Join us at Casa Bonus Pastor to meet women priests who are leading the Church toward full equality of ordained women in ministry.

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We Are Church International

12 October 2023

EQUALITY Public Witness Prayer Vigil
Meet at 18.00 hrs 
in Casa Bonus Pastor, Via Aurelia 208

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EQUALITY Tune of ‘O Tannenbaum’ (‘O Christmas Tree’) 
1 Equality, Equality, We all just seek Equality Equality for Women all Equality for Laity Equality, Equality, We all just seek Equality 
2 Equality, Equality, We all just seek Equality Equality for Gay and Trans Equality for Married folk Equality, Equality, We all just seek Equality 
3 Equality, Equality, We all just seek Equality Equality like Jesus preached Equality for All the world Equality, Equality, We all just seek Equality

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St Peter's Square

Some pictures from the Vigil

12 - 16 October 2023

DACHS will be in Rome with a delegation and young people from Switzerland, Austria, Germany and South Tyrol and will express their concerns in meetings with bishops, synod participants and other network and interest partners: 

«No synodality without young people!"

DACHS is the network of responsible institutions and specialist departments for German-speaking child and youth (association) work. These campaign for the concerns and interests of young people in a church context.

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Human Rights 
in the Catholic Church

8 – 14TH OCT 2023 
Online all week

13 & 14TH OCT, 
Live, in-person and online
Rome, Italy and Bristol, UK

"Let us preserve freedom. Let us cherish freedom. Freedom of conscience, religious freedom, the freedom of each person, each family, each people, which is what gives rise to rights."
-Pope Francis

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14 October 2023
Prayer for the Synod

The Latin American Lay Network, an organization of 60 different Catholic organizations from 18 Latin American countries, invites you to participate in the next day of prayer for the Synod, which will take place next Saturday, October 14, 2023 via zoom. We will have the company of Fray Raúl Vera O.P., bishop emeritus of the diocese of Saltillo, Mexico, promoter and defender of Human Rights. We send you the zoom link so you can connect:
Time: Oct 14, 2023
2:00 p.m. From Mexico City
9:00 p.m. From London City
10:00 p.m. From Roma City
 Login Zoom Meeting https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81016302430
ID de reunión: 810 1630 2430

15 October 2023
The GNRC and the Roman Catholic Working Group of the Europea​n Forum on LGBTQ Christians are sponsoring a series of events on. All of the events are to beheld at Café Letterario, Via Ostiense 95

Biennial Conference

15 to 16 October 2023

By custom We Are Church International meets every two years to review its Guidelines, choose its Coordinating Team and discuss a particular topic relevant to building the Church God wants us to be.

This year's topic will be Equality of all.

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The We Are Church Council working and dining together