Oct 3, 2005

Pray for the success of the synod

From Pope Benedict's homily as he opens the Synod in Rome:

"Let us pray to the Lord to grant us his grace so that in the three weeks of the synod that we are beginning not only will we say beautiful things about the Eucharist, but we will live from his strength. Let us pray for the gift through Mary, dear synodal fathers, whom I greet with affection, together with the different communities that you come from and that you here represent, so that being docile to the action of the Holy Spirit we might be able to help the world to be converted -- in Christ and with Christ -- into the fruitful vine of God. Amen."

Roughly 200 bishops will take part in the synod, along with a number of other delegates (including 10 elected representatives of religious orders) and observers. The bishops elected from the United States Conference of Catholic bishops are: Cardinal Justin Rigali of Philadelphia; Archbishop Wilton Gregory of Atlanta, the immediate past president of the conference; Bishop William Skylstad of Spokane, Wash., the current president; and Bishop Donald Wuerl of Pittsburgh. In addition, Benedict has appointed three other Americans to take part: Cardinal Edmund Szoka, president of the Vatican City State; Ukrainian Archbishop Stefan Soroka of Philadelphia; and Melkite Archbishop Cyril S. Bustros of Newton, Mass.



Blogger hilary said...

Not sure that particular shade of green is really his colour.

I would give almost anything to be a fly on the wall when McCarrick gets his private moment alone with the man whose letter he refused to give to the US bishops at Denver.

9:04 AM  
Blogger hilary said...

Awww POOP!!

You mean McCarrick isn't going?!!

9:05 AM  
Anonymous Jill said...

That chasuble is definetly not Benedict.

9:36 AM  
Anonymous Charles A. said...

Ouch! He's got to lost that chasuble ASAP!

5:47 PM  

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