Bishops from around in Rome are in Rome this weekend ahead of the first of two Synod meetings.
The Catholic Church in Scotland will be represented by Bishop Brian McGee, of the Diocese of Argyll and the Isles.
He said “I am very excited, although also nervous, about going to Rome for the Synod.
"The focus is to discern what the Holy Spirit is saying to the Church today.
"I have enjoyed listening to the feedback from people across Scotland and it will be fascinating to hear what people from across the world have to say."
Bishop McGee previously led a Scottish delegation, including our diocesan representative Sr Anna Marie McGuan RSM, to the Continental stage of the Synod in Prague (see below video).
The Rome synod takes place from Wednesday 4 to Monday 30 October on the theme 'For a Synodal Church: Communion, Participation, Mission’.
While the gathering is a Synod of Bishops, there will be participants who are not bishops including lay and religious women.
There is a wonderful opportunity for renewal of the Church at every level.
The theme is 'synodality' with an emphasis on listening to the Holy Spirit.
The main discussion theme is to ask how can the Church best listen to people and act in a way that accompanies people, including both her own members and wider society, especially the most marginalised.
Pope Francis has invited church leaders to join him in prayer on Saturday to entrust the work of the of the Synod to the Holy Spirit.
Pope Francis invites leaders of Churches from different denominations to join him in prayer on Saturday to entrust the work of the 16th Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod to the Holy Spirit.https://t.co/3JRM4AUwpq
— Vatican News (@VaticanNews) September 25, 2023
Bishop McGee added: "There is a wonderful opportunity for renewal of the Church at every level.
"The Synod process has planted seeds of hope in the hearts of the faithful and in the Church in Scotland.
"I pray for its growth and fulfilment as we enter the next phase of the Synodal Process so that the Church can continue to grow as a caring mother, and a community of hope.
"The focus however is not the participants but the Spirit and I ask for your prayers as we strive to discern.”