Mercoledì, 19 Settembre 2018
VATICAN CITY

VATICAN: Record attendance expected at bisphops synod

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(ANSA) - Vatican City - An upcoming synod (meeting) of
bishops at the Vatican will have record attendance, Assembly
Secretary-General Monsignor Nikola Eterovi said Friday.
Some 262 bishops - the highest number ever - are to take
part in the gathering on the theme 'New Evangelisation for
Spreading the Christian Faith'.
"The increase in the number of participants reflects the
commitment of all those who contribute to the mission of
spreading the faith," said Monsignor Eterovi.
Nine more bishops are set to attend the upcoming synod than
did the last ordinary asembly in 2008.
Of the attendees, 103 are from Europe, 63 from the
Americas, 50 from Africa, 39 from Asia and seven from Oceania.
The synod will also be attended by 'fraternal delegates'
representing 15 Christian churches not in communion with the
Roman Catholic Church, including Archbishop Rowan Williams,
primate of the Anglican Communion, and 'special guests' such as
Brother Alois, prior of the Taize' community in France, and the
1978 Nobel prizewinner for medicine Werner Arber, a Protestant,
lecturer in microbiology at the University of Basel and
president of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences.
Pope Benedict XVI will open the synod with a mass on
October 7, when he will also declare Saints Hildegard of Bingen
and John of Avila Doctors of the Church.
Then on October 11 the pontiff will formally open the Roman
Catholic Year of Faith, to coincide with the 50th anniversary of
the opening of the Second Vatican Council.
The inaugural mass will be attended by 12 of the surviving
69 council fathers.
On October 21 the pope will canonise seven new saints:
Giacomo Berthieu, Pedroa Calungsod, Giovanni Battista Piamarta,
Maria del Monte Carmelo Salles y Barangueras, Marianna Cope,
Caterina Tekakwitha and Anna Schaeffer.
The synod will end on October 28 with a mass celebrated with
all the synod fathers.

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