Our assembly took place in the context of a world in crisis, whose wounds and scandalous inequalities resonated painfully in our hearts, infusing our work with a particular gravity, especially since some of us come from countries where war rages.
“The Church has to change. Let’s think of the ways it has changed since the [Second Vatican] Council until now and the way it must continue changing its ways, in the way to propose an unchanging truth,” said the Holy Father.
Two clergymen from Asia were elected to the Synod’s Commission on Synthesis Report, the team tasked to oversee the preparation of the document that will summarize the topics discussed during the entire Synodal Assembly.
At Paul VI Hall, there were strong appeals for peace and the people suffering from war. “Reference was made to how Christians can be a sign of peace and reconciliation in a world disfigured by wars and violence," said Dr. Ruffini.
“Please stop the attacks and the weapons and understand that terrorism and war do not lead to any solution, but only to the death and suffering of so many innocent people,” Pope Francis was cited by the Vatican News.
For the President of the Commission for Information of the Synodal Assembly, the Synod on Synodality this October in Rome is not only a time for dialogue but also an opportunity to pause and profoundly listen to one another.
The Holy Father named Cardinal Stephen Chow Sau-yan, S.J., bishop of Hong Kong, China, for the Dicastery for Interreligious Dialogue and Cardinal Sebastian Francis, bishop of Penang, Malaysia, for Promoting Integral Human Development.
Speaking to RVA News from Ulaanbaatar, the capital of Mongolia, Father Sales, a member of the Congregation of the Immaculate Heart of Mary (CICM), said that it was a very happy experience for him and all Mongolian Catholics with Pope Francis’ apostolic visit.