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  • Nov 2015 '15
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    The Synod final document

    The final document on the Synod on the family has been translated by Bishop Michael Campbell of Lancaster UK. The unofficial translation summarises well the thoughts and hopes of the Synod of Bishops during the three-week gathering in Rome: “The family assumes a particular importance for the Church on her journey: ‘So great was the…

  • Oct 2015 '15
    26th

    On the Road Together – The final post

    Into St Peter’s we marched yesterday to close the Synod that had opened three weeks ago. It seemed like three months. When I made it to my place and sat down, I felt a fatigue come over me – probably the let-down after the intensity and sheer hard work of the Synod journey. Then I…

  • Oct 2015 '15
    26th

    On the Road Together – A radio conversation

    A few of my blog posts were brought up in this interview with Noel Debien – from ABC Radio in Australia. We were able to speak about many Synod moments in the 30-minute interview. I enjoyed speaking with Noel before the final Mass of the Synod. I told Noel: “There has been a genuine step…

  • Oct 2015 '15
    25th

    On the Road Together – Wonderment, gratitude, relief, weariness

    When we returned to the Synod Hall yesterday afternoon for voting, there was another touch of high farce – an unscripted skit to finish this Synod of surprises. After we’d recited the Adsumus prayer (used daily at Vatican II), the president of the day welcomed us back and then passed the microphone to the Secretary…

  • Oct 2015 '15
    25th

    On the Road Together – The last day

    The end is nigh. Upon entering the Synod Hall and until we began the prayer, I sensed a mood of restlessness tinged with frivolity as we looked to start the last day. There was a lot of movement, much chattering, a fair bit of laughter. At last we were to see the definitive version of…

  • Oct 2015 '15
    23rd

    On the Road Together – A new Congregation

    When we made it back into the Hall yesterday, the Secretary General said the Pope wanted to say a word. My ears pricked up. This Pope doesn’t take the microphone just for the sake of it. What’s going on here, I thought. Well, again he caught us on the hop. For some time there have…

  • Oct 2015 '15
    22nd

    On the Road Together – Seeking reality

    Yesterday was supposed to be a free day for all but 10 of the Synod members – those chosen by the Pope to draft the final document. They were hard at it all day and (I imagine) into the night. They have a colossal job. But a few others – myself among them – were also tied…

  • Oct 2015 '15
    22nd

    On the Road Together – A view on the blog

    I have enjoyed speaking with journalists when time permits at this Synod. One of those journalists is David Gibson, who writes for Religion News Service. David has provided a view on my blog. You can link to his piece here or read below: VATICAN CITY (RNS) Barrels of ink, digital and real, have been spilled by…

  • Oct 2015 '15
    21st

    On the Road Together – The soil of real experience

    Yesterday we finished work in the small groups. Our group was a very mixed bag, as were all the groups more or less. But English being spoken so widely we had a real jumble of nationalities (18), and voices spoke from vastly different backgrounds, at times it seemed from different planets. It wasn’t always easy…

  • Oct 2015 '15
    20th

    On the Road Together – Invective, fear and surprise

    The Italians are past masters of the art of improvisation. In a restaurant (at least of the more old-fashioned kind) the menu is only a rough approximation of what they actually have on offer. So too with the details of the Synod timetable. At the start we were given a timetable, but there have been…

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