Synod Secretariat to Soon Give Pope an Outline

VATICAN CITY, JUNE 12, 2006 ( The General Secretariat of the Synod of Bishops will soon hand Benedict XVI an outline which he will use to write an apostolic exhortation on the Eucharist.

The Vatican press office announced the news Saturday, in the wake of a June 1-2 meeting of the Ordinary Council of the synod’s General Secretariat. The council comprises 12 members elected by the synodal assembly, and three appointed by the Pope.

The synod gathered bishops from all over the world in Rome, who met last Oct. 2-23 to address the theme: “The Eucharist, Source and Summit of the Life and Mission of the Church.”

According to the Vatican press statement, the objective of the ordinary meeting of the General Secretariat was to examine “an outline for the elaboration of the proposals” presented by the bishops in that synod, which will serve as the basis for the Pope’s writing of the postsynodal apostolic exhortation.

On meeting with the participants in the gathering, Benedict XVI said on June 1 that he was eager to publish this document.

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