The bishops were asked to give preference to parish priests with “significant experience in the perspective of a synodal Church,” while also selecting priests from “a variety of pastoral contexts.”
The chosen priests will be announced by their local bishops’ conference by March 15.
During the five-day meeting, the priests will participate in roundtable discussions, liturgical celebrations, workshops on pastoral proposals, and “dialogue with experts,” according to the press release by the synod organizers, at the Fraterna Domus retreat center in Sacrofano, near Rome.
The priests will also have the chance to speak with Pope Francis in an audience on May 2.
The meeting is being co-organized by the General Secretariat of the Synod and the Dicastery for the Clergy.
The results of the priests’ meeting are expected to be taken into account by the drafters of the Instrumentum Laboris, the working document for the second synod assembly in October 2024.
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