This week brings two big new items: the analysis of Pope Francis trip to Cuba and the United States, and the upcoming opening of the Synod of Bishops on the family. Below are links to some articles well worth reading for a well rounded picture of both.
The Cuba - US trip was by all accounts well received, despite a lingering issue over the Pope’s meeting with Kim Davis (the US County Clerk jailed for refusing to issue same-sex marriage licences). Here’s some take away on both the trip and that brief encounter:
Here’s a good summary:
and some analysis from a veteran Vatican watcher:
Here is a more wide-ranging look back on the visit as a whole by New York’s Cardinal Timothy Dolan:
and another from the Boston Globe’s Crux website:
Turning to the upcoming Synod, it will follow more or less the same process as last year’s Extraordinary Synod:
- Each synod participant will have 3 minutes to speak in the synod hall.
- The first session will begin with a Witness given by one of the married couples participating in the Synod.
- More time will be given for meeting in small working groups. Those groups will then present their discussion to the whole synod.
- Written texts of each participant’s intervention will be given only to the Synod participants, not to the media. Instead there will be daily, expanded briefings including the participation of Synod members.
- A commission of nine Synod participants has been formed for the elaboration of the final texts. Members are:
- Cardinal Peter Erdo of Budapest
- Bishop Bruno Forte of Chieti-Vasto
- Cardinal Oswald Gracias of Bombay
- Cardinal Donald Wuerl of Washington D.C.
- Cardinal John Dew of Wellington, New Zealand
- Bishop Victor Manuel Fernandez, rector of the Catholic University of Argentina
- Bishop Mathieu Madega Lebouakehan of Gabon
- Bishop Marcelo Semeraro of Albano, Italy
- Father Adolfo Nicholas, Superior General of the Jesuits.
CNS photo/Max Rossi, Reuters
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