Amendments Made to Draft of Synod Propositions

VATICAN CITY, OCT. 19, 2005 ( The various working groups at the Synod of Bishops handed in amendments to the first draft of the “propositions” that the assembly will present to Benedict XVI.

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This first version of 50 propositions was read on Tuesday in the synod hall by Archbishop Roland Minnerath of Dijon, France, special secretary of the synod on the Eucharist.

The amendments were handed in today at the end of the working sessions.

There will be no general congregation on Thursday. That will allow the synod’s relator general, Cardinal Angelo Scola of Venice, as well as Archbishop Minnerath and the relators of the working groups to revise the amendments.

The corrected propositions will be presented in the synod hall on Friday afternoon. The approximately 250 synodal fathers will vote on the amendments Saturday morning.

The propositions will be the basis for the postsynodal apostolic exhortation that will be signed by Benedict XVI. Its writing is expected to take at least one year.

The three-week synod will close this Sunday, with the first five canonizations of this pontificate.

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