Key Reports Due Tuesday as Synod Sharpens Its Focus

VATICAN CITY, OCT. 15, 2001 ( The Synod of Bishops is entering the decisive phase as it focuses on the key topics addressed during its early sessions.

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The close to 300 participants, divided in 12 linguistic groups, spent today discussing the most important conclusions from the many addresses delivered at the synod. The synod ends Oct. 27.

Each group prepared a report, and all 12 will be presented Tuesday to the general assembly.

In evaluating the synodal sessions, Cardinal Paul Poupard, president of the Pontifical Council for Culture, told Vatican Radio: “I have been taking part in synods for the past 20 years, but I think this one is totally extraordinary, following that dark day for humanity,” Sept. 11.

“We have lived those days of anguish together, analyzing the main topic: the bishop, servant of the Gospel of Christ in hope,” the French cardinal said.

He added that the synod has shown many aspects of the bishop: “pastor, fisherman, father, brother, friend, servant, teacher, man of faith, of hope … but the most frequently repeated word has been communion.”

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