Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Sydney to Synod

In October of this year, there will be a gathering of the Synod of Bishops in Rome to discuss The Word of God in the Life and Mission of the Church. In anticipation of this gathering, a working document has been distributed to all Conferences of Bishops throughout the world, and through them to all participating bishops.

Today in Rome, the Holy Father appointed Sydney (Australia) Archbishop George Pell as president delegate of the Twelfth Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops. As such, Cardinal Pell will preside in the Holy Father's name over the proceedings of the Synod which will take place next month.

In the Latin Church, Synods are periodic gatherings of bishops called together to meet in Rome to confer on some major subject of importance to the life of the Church. It is perhaps fitting that during the Year of Saint Paul which we are currently observing, the Synod should focus on the Word of God.

I'm sure there will be more to talk about in this respect before long.

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