Friday, October 23, 2009

"Africa, Rise Up and Walk!": The Synod Says Farewell

Prior to its close this weekend, the monthlong Second Synod of Bishops for Africa issued its edition of the gathering's customary closing message, addressed as always "to the People of God."

It's a lengthy read, but a worthwhile one... so here below is the draft approved today, albeit not the final version of the text:

In its final working session, tomorrow will see the assembly vote on the propositions formulated over the Synod's course. The 250-odd Fathers will gather once more for the closing Mass on Sunday morning, celebrated by Pope Benedict in St Peter's, for which the "libretto" (worship aid) is already posted.

As the pontiff traditionally gives a gift to each Synod's participants, it was announced earlier today that the chasubles they'll wear for Sunday's Mass are theirs to keep. On green fabric in deference to the season of Ordinary Time, each bears an embroidered gold cross and B16's coat of arms.

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