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Synod: evangelisation, a duty today against the effective expulsion of the question of God
The working document for the coming Synod of Bishops was made public today. Its focus is on the new evangelisation and new challenges: cultural (secularisation), migration, economic, political, scientific and technological. As Paul VI correctly pointed out, "Modern man listens more willingly to witnesses than to teachers, and if he does listen to teachers, it is because they are witnesses."
Eastern Christians, victims of intolerance and cruel violence, says Pope
Benedict XVI launches a fresh appeal on behalf of the Church in Iraq and India so that Christians can be guaranteed, not privileges, but the dignity of living in and working for their own country. He calls upon civilian authorities “to spare no effort” to uphold the law, and calls on religious authorities to take “explicit” steps of friendship towards Christians. He mentions his upcoming plans for Africa in 2009. He mentions a Franciscan missionary, martyred in China.
Towards the synod: the mission to proclaim the Gospel to today's world
Lineamenta of the assembly of bishops to be held next year presented. A necessarily missionary church in the face of challenges posed by secularization, globalization, economic crisis, the decline of ideologies.
Arcbishop of Mumbai: “The Word of God, fulcrum of our mission”
Archbishop Oswald Gracias, president of the Indian Conference and spiritual leader of the Mumbai Archdiocese speaks to AsiaNews about the Lineamenta published ahead of the synod of bishops on the Word of God in the life and mission of the Church. All through 2008 the archdiocese’s pastoral work will be dedicated to the Word.
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Pope to write letter to Chinese bishops invited to Synod
Pope will personally answer the letter send by Mgr Luke Li Jingfeng to express his regrets for not being able to come to the Synod. Mgr Kondrusiewicz, Bishop of Moscow, speaks about the situation of Russian Catholics, expressing hope Pope Benedict XVI and Patriarch Aleksij II can meet each other.
Synod: More "Fathers" than ever before for the new evangelization
Participants represent the Catholic universe: 103 are from Europe, 63 from America, 50 from Africa, 39 from Asia and 7 Oceania. The majority of the Synod Fathers, 182, were elected, 172 by the Episcopal conferences and 10 by the Union of Superiors General, 3 have been designated by the Eastern Catholic Churches sui juris, 37 ex officio members, 40 are appointed by the Pope. The numbers , presented today by Msgr. Nikola Eterovic Secretary General of the Synod of Bishops, indicate importance that the Church gives to the next Synodal assembly, to be held at the Vatican October 7 to 28, 2012. There will also be 15 representatives of churches and ecclesial communities not yet in full communion with the Catholic Church, including the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I and the primate of the Anglican Communion, Rowan Douglas Williams.
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