Roman Catholic News
Volume One, Issue Fourteen A
Tuesday, 2 October, 2001
Twenty-Sixth Week in Ordinary Time
"Feast of the Holy Angels"
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THIRD GENERAL CONGREGATION
VATICAN CITY, OCT 2, 2001 (VIS) - The Third General Congregation of the
10th Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops began at 9 a.m. in
the Synod Hall, in the presence of John Paul II and 247 synod fathers. The
president delegate on duty was Cardinal Bernard Agre, archbishop of
Abidjan, Ivory Coast. The meeting adjourned at 12:25 p.m.
?Following are excerpts from some of the talks given this morning:
ARCHBISHOP JOSE MARIO RUIZ NAVAS OF PORTOVIEJO, ECUADOR, PRESIDENT OF THE
EPISCOPAL CONFERENCE. "Vatican Council II proposed episcopal collegiality
as an authentic form of the exercise of the episcopal ministry together
with the Successor of Peter. Great steps forward have been made.
Nevertheless, it is possible to improve the way of putting collegiality
into practice and of living the collegial spirit or love. ... It seems to
me that the central point of reflection regarding Episcopal Conferences in
'Apostolos suos' and in the Instrumentum laboris is the theme of their
power. ... The point is that the Episcopal Conferences must be 'the home
and school of communion'. ... It is necessary, above all, that these same
potentials are manifested in the regular relations between the Episcopal
Conferences and the See of Peter and not only in relations with each
bishop. The central point of the interpretation of the Episcopal
Conferences must be shifted from power - yet without negating or minimizing
it - to communion. ... I submit to the attention of the Pope, if he deems
appropriate, that the synodal assembly itself expresses its conclusions in
a final text, remembering that the Pope can pronounce a directing word at
any time during the deliberations. The text would be less organized and
less complete, but it would represent the clearest fruit of the
collegiality of the bishops with the Pope. Waiting for the document
diminishes enthusiasm. ... As already done many times, it seems opportune
that the Episcopal Conference organizes meetings collegially with the
dicastery in order to better analyze the challenges in different fields of
pastoral care and draw already from this dialogue on directives."
BISHOP NIKOL JOSEPH CAUCHI OF GOZO, MALTA. "It is known that the Church in
every time and in every situation has a triple role in society which
consists in: (1) announcing the truth about the dignity and the rights of
man, (2) denouncing the existing unjust situations and (3) contributing to
the realization of positive changes to society. The Encyclical 'Sollecitudo
Rei Socialis', number 41, says that 'The condemnation of evils and
injustices is also part of that ministry of evangelization in the social
field which is an aspect of the Church's prophetic role. But it should be
made clear that proclamation is always more important than condemnation'.
The Encyclical continues saying that 'The teaching and spreading of her
social doctrine are part of the Church's evangelizing mission', and
therefore is also one of the Bishops'. If it is true that with their
teaching the bishops should guide the moral conduct of the individuals
entrusted to them, it follows that they must also support them in favor of
'the commitment to justice'."
BISHOP CARLOS AGUIAR RETES OF TEXCOCO, MEXICO. "It is necessary to
recognize that we Bishops need each other, we cannot achieve our mission in
an isolated way. However, we need each other not only to share our projects
and pastoral plans but also to recreate a spirit of the Apostolic College
in a human and spiritual dimension. We must humbly accept that bishops need
permanent formation in order to revive the gift of God which was entrusted
to us in Episcopal Ordination. If all the members of the Church require
this, there is even more reason for us bishops to take care of our
permanent formation with special commitment."
CARDINAL ZENON GROCHOLEWSKI, PREFECT OF THE CONGREGATION FOR CATHOLIC
EDUCATION. "It would be useful to underline the bishops' responsibility in
having the right formators in seminaries, who can be distinguished by their
excellent priestly and human virtues, for their faithfulness to the
Magisterium of the Church, for their pastoral fervor and for their
continuous updating. We should also recall the necessity of safekeeping the
specific configuration of the seminary, as an institution that truly forms
priests, that acknowledges their identity, their own spirituality, their
own responsibility, their high and irreplaceable mission. Closely linked to
the preparation of priests and inserted in the 'munus docendi' of the
bishop is, without a doubt, the obligation to promote priestly vocations.
Success depends on various factors connected between each other. However, I
do think that in the first place one must place the emphasis on teaching
the identity of the ministerial priesthood, his specific irreplaceable and
important role in the Church."
CARDINAL WILLIAM HENRY KEELER, ARCHBISHOP OF BALTIMORE, U.S.A. "The
national and regional conferences of bishops are indispensable as servants
of communion between the bishops of the particular churches and the
Universal Church. ... "All of these activities imply a teaching dimension
of the ministry of the bishops involved in the communion of the Bishops'
Conference. Therefore, I propose that the propositions we present to the
Holy Father include a request that, continuing the reflections begun by
'Apostolos suos,' there be a more profound study of the role of Episcopal
Conferences in support of the ?ommunion of the Church, a study which would
also deepen our understanding of the specific task of the Conferences in
teaching the Catholic faith to God's people in our day."
FR. FRANCOIS EID, O.M.M., SUPERIOR GENERAL OF THE MARIAMITE MARONITE ORDER.
"The worsening of the religious situation in the world makes the life of
Christians in the land of Islam particularly dramatic. ... In this context,
an urgent mission is entrusted to the bishop - being a promoter of
dialogue. ... The bishop thus has the commitment to be visible and help the
faithful to free themselves from ignorance and prejudice towards others, to
clear religious discourse from any tension generating aggression, to
encourage the faithful to attach themselves to their land, to their country
and to accede to state institutions for the safeguarding of the rights of
individuals and the community. In this way Christians and Muslims can ease
tensions and conflicts for a life of cooperation at the service of humanity."
CARDINAL WILLIAM WAKEFIELD BAUM, MAJOR PENITENTIARY, VATICAN CITY. "For
many reasons and because of the pressures put on him, a bishop may hesitate
or become faint-hearted in exercising the office of teaching and in
correcting error. If he is faithful to his responsibilities he will
inevitably become the target of much criticism and, even at times, ridicule
from people both within and outside the Church. We must be prepared to
follow in the footsteps of Peter, Paul, the Apostles, and the great bishops
who have preceded us. ... How often, because of sloth or timidity, have we
failed to proclaim the truth about Christ and the truth about the human
condition. This synodal assembly is, in itself, a God-given opportunity - a
moment of grace - to examine ourselves anew. For us bishops, as well as for
those we serve, confession is good for the soul."
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JOHN PAUL II INAUGURATES SYNOD OF BISHOPS
VATICAN CITY, SEP 30, 2001 (VIS) - At 9:30 this morning, in St.
Peter's Basilica, the Pope presided over the solemn Eucharistic
celebration with the synodal fathers, for the inauguration of the
10th Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops, which
will be held from September 30 to October 27, on the theme:
"The Bishop: Servant of the Gospel of Jesus Christ for the Hope
of the World."
At the beginning of his homily, John Paul II recalled the "very
symbolic gesture" with which he inaugurated the Great Jubilee:
crossing the threshold of the Holy Door with the Book of Gospels
in his hands. "In it," he said, "in some way, we can find the entire
content of the synod we are inaugurating today."
John Paul II emphasized that the evangelical beatitude of poverty
proposed in today's liturgy "is a precious message for the
synodal assembly. ... We are asked to verify to what point in the
Church the personal and community conversion has achieved
an effective evangelical poverty."
As bishops, the Pope continued, we are called to be "prophets
that underline with courage the social sins tied to consumerism,
to hedonism, to an economy that produces an unacceptable gap
between luxury and misery. ... In every age, the Church has
shown solidarity with the least, and has had Shepherd saints
who sided, like intrepid apostles of charity, with the poor.
"But for the Shepherds' Word to be credible," the Pope added,
"they must give proof of a conduct detached from private
interests and attentive towards the weaker ones. They must give
an example to the community entrusted to them, teaching and
supporting that ensemble of principles of solidarity and social
justice that make up the social doctrine of the Church."
The Pope concluded his homily encouraging the bishops with
the words "'Duc in altum - Put out into the deep'. ... As arduous
and tiring a mission as this may be, we must not become
discouraged. With Peter and with the first disciples we too
trustingly renew our sincere profession of faith: Lord, 'at Your
Word I will let down the nets!' At Your Word, O Christ, we wish to
serve Your Gospel for the hope of the world!"
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POPE CALLS FOR PRAYER OF THE ROSARY FOR PEACE
VATICAN CITY, SEPT. 30, 2001 (VIS) - After this morning's Mass
which was celebrated to signal the opening of the Synod of
Bishops, the Pope appeared at his study window to pray the
Angelus and ask everyone to pray the rosary for peace in the
After reminding the audience that "October is the month in which
Mary Most Holy, Queen of the Holy Rosary, is venerated," he said,
"Within the current international context, I invite all - individuals,
families, communities - to pray this Marian prayer, possibly every
day, for peace, so that the world can be preserved from the
wicked scourge of terrorism.
"The terrible tragedy of September 11th," he said,"will be
remembered as a dark day in the history of humanity. In the face
of this, the Church tries to be faithful to her prophetic charism
and remind all men about their duty to build a future of peace for
the human family. Certainly, peace is not separated from justice,
but it must be nourished by mercy and love.
"We cannot forget that Jews, Christians and Muslims adore God
as the only God. The three religions, therefore, have the vocation
of unity and peace. May God allow the Church's faithful to be
agents of peace, in the front line of the search for justice, and the
prohibition of violence. May the Virgin Mary, Queen of Peace,
intercede for all humanity, so that hate and death never have the
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FIRST GENERAL CONGREGATION
VATICAN CITY, OCT 1, 2001 (VIS) - Before the opening of the
First General Congregation of the 10th Ordinary General
Assembly of the Synod of Bishops, which took place this
morning, John Paul II blessed the new Chapel of the Synod. After
the singing of Psalm 26, the Holy Father lit a lamp with a light
from the Well of St. Gregory the Illuminator, given to him by the
Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of all Armenians, Karekin II,
at the conclusion of his trip to Armenia on September 27. The
Assembly then began at 9 a.m. with the singing of "Veni Creator
Spiritus" and a brief discourse by John Paul II.
After a brief greeting by President Delegate Cardinal Giovanni
Battista Re, the Secretary General of the Synod of Bishops,
Cardinal Jan Pieter Schotte, C.I.C.M., reviewed the activity of the
Council of the Secretary General since the preceding assembly.
Relator General Cardinal Edward Michael Egan, archbishop of
New York, U.S.A., then gave an overview of the responsibilities of
the bishop, excerpts of which we offer below:
"In seeking to decide how best to address the subject assigned
to us in this Assembly, one cannot help but notice how frequently
the classic munera of the bishop as teacher, sanctifier and
shepherd are mentioned both in the Apostolic Exhortations of the
Holy Father that followed previous Assemblies and in the
Lineamenta and Instrumentum Laboris of this one. Accordingly,
it seems quite fitting to adopt this division of duties as the basic
outline of our Relatio Ante Disceptationem, beginning with the
bishop as teacher of his flock."
"The responsibilities of the bishop as a doctor veritatis in the
Church, however, reach far beyond his own individual efforts. ...
Each successor of the Apostles must also associate with
himself as many fellow preachers, evangelizers, instructors and
catechists as he can possibly assemble. ... His guidance in this
regard is especially needed by teachers of Religion in Catholic
elementary and secondary schools; by catechists in work with
converts and in diocesan and parish programs for children,
youth and adults; and by professors of Theology on the university
"This can be a daunting task, one that calls for both prudence,
tact and a fortitude that comes from the Holy Spirit. ... As teachers
of the faith, however, it is imperative that we not neglect another
crucially important ally in our announcing of the Gospel, namely,
parents. They are the first teachers of the faith. No one can instill
it, no one can nourish it as effectively as they. A bishop should
therefore seize every opportunity to assist parents, particularly on
the parish level, to learn their faith in depth and to pass it on with
"Finally, to be truly powerful teachers of the faith, the bishop
needs most importantly to work with the priests and deacons of
his diocese. ... The essential pre-requisite for this is, of course,
excellent seminary education for his priests and excellent
programs of theological and spiritual training for his permanent
deacons. ... He needs to know who is intellectually and spiritually
forming his future clergy, what they are teaching, and whether
they are performing their assigned tasks."
"All of which brings us to another essential duty in our ministry
as sanctifiers of the faithful fi that, namely, of seeing to it that the
liturgies in our churches and chapels are in harmony with the
norms and practice of the Church and carried out in a spirit of
true devotion. ... The munus regendi of a bishop is unique
among all of the expressions of leadership in the world. ... To
measure up to all of this, the bishop needs, above all else,
holiness of life. ... He must avail himself of the many powerful
means of sanctification which the Church provides to all of her
children, among them, the Mass ... the Sacrament of Penance or
Reconciliation ... meditation on Sacred Scripture and the writings
of the Fathers, Doctors and great theologians of the Church."
"As shepherd of his people, the bishop must also be a supporter
and coordinator of the works of his clergy, those of his diocese in
consecrated life and the committed laity as well. ... Accordingly,
to the extent possible, there should be in our dioceses a
well-trained curia to advise and assist parishes and diocesan
"Likewise, in carrying out this munus regendi, the bishop has to
be deeply concerned about the condition and initiatives of his
parishes. ... It is essential that the bishop be present to his
parishes as a loving father, priest and friend. ... The bishop who
is truly a shepherd-servant in his diocese must also give to
consecrated men and women in their parishes and institutions
sincere respect and genuine support. ... Finally, authentic
episcopal leadership in our day necessitates as well that the
bishop be open to and supportive of the new ecclesial
communities and groups which are springing up throughout the
Church with immense promise for spiritual good. ... When
guided with fairness and understanding, they can provide great
benefit to the local Church, alerting it to new insights into the
Gospel message and reminding it of ideals and values that may
need to be revived or strengthened."
"The bishop in our time must likewise lead in the twin areas of
poverty and peace. The two go hand-in-hand. For where misery
caused by injustice and hardness of heart prevails, conflict is to
be expected. ... Furthermore, in those regions of the world where
a measure of prosperity is to be found, the bishop is additionally
required to remind his people in clearest terms of their
obligations to the poor and destitute beyond the boundaries of
their diocese or nation."
"In this context, the issue of globalization immediately comes to
mind. ... (It) can be an opportunity for the bishop to evangelize,
proclaiming the Gospel message of justice and compassion.
Borrowing the formula of our Holy Father, we must continually
and urgently strive for a 'globalization in solidarity,' one that
responds to the needs of all peoples fi rich and poor alike fi
honorably, generously and nobly. Intimately bound up with
poverty, peace and globalization is another critically important
matter begging for episcopal leadership in our day fi the mass
movements of men, women and children seeking to escape
wars, civil strife, misery and disease. This phenomenon can
easily evoke attitudes ... in opposition to the basic human rights
of immigrants and refugees ... which are altogether incompatible
with the Gospel of compassion preached by the Son of God. ...
Against all such, the successors of the Apostles may not
hesitate even for a moment. Our hopes here and hereafter
reside with a God Who warned us in the plainest of language
that He is often hidden behind the mask of a 'stranger' who cries
out to be fed, clothed and welcomed.
"All of these issues of social justice render us ever more
sensitive to certain evil and growing practices in our time which
violate the most elementary of human rights, the right to life. ...
We spoke and struggled against abortion, euthanasia and
capital punishment. ... Now ... we renew our resolve to defend life
in its every phase as a blessing from God."
"One last challenge to the leadership of bishops ... is dialogue.
... Dialogue with adherents of other world religions has become
a key factor in the current life of the Church. It presumes
knowledge of and sympathy for their values and beliefs, a
willingness to share insights and understandings and a sincere
desire to cooperate in worthy causes of all kinds. ... Always,
however, the bishop must keep in mind that no cloaking or
compromising of the essentials of the Catholic faith may ever be
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Embrace Poverty, Pope Urges as Synod of Bishops Opens
An Indispensable Requirement for Proclaiming Gospel, He Says
VATICAN CITY, SEPT. 30, 2001 (Zenit.org).- John Paul II today
inaugurated the 10th General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops
with an urgent call to poverty, so that the bishops become
heralds of the salvation of Christ.
"Indeed, poverty is an essential feature of Jesus« person and of
his mystery of salvation, and it represents one of the
indispensable requirements so that the proclamation of the
Gospel will be heard and accepted by humanity today," the Pope
He concelebrated Mass in St. Peter«s Basilica with the synod«s
participants, including 55 cardinals, seven patriarchs, 70
archbishops, 106 bishops and 10 priests. All the world«s 112
bishops« conferences are represented at the synod.
The synod, which ends Oct. 27, will focus on the role of the
bishop. It is the culmination of a series of synods since the
Second Vatican Council analyzing ministries and states of life in
During the homily, the Pontiff asked the bishops to make an
examination of conscience "on our attitude toward earthly goods,
especially the use made of them."
"We are asked to verify to what degree there is personal and
communal conversion in the Church connected to effective
evangelical poverty," John Paul II said.
"The way of poverty will help us transmit the fruits of salvation to
our contemporaries," he stressed. "Therefore, as bishops, we
are called to be poor in the service of the Gospel."
Bishops must be "servants of the revealed Word who,
denouncing abuses, raise their voice when necessary in
defense of the last," the Pontiff said.
Today, bishops must be "prophets who courageously manifest
social sins connected to consumerism, hedonism, an economy
that produces an unacceptable division between luxury and
misery," John Paul II emphasized.
The key to accomplish the above is that bishops teach and
support "that ensemble of principles of solidarity and social
justice that make up the social doctrine of the Church," the Holy
However, poverty in the bishop«s life only has meaning if he is a
"man of God," if his life and ministry are totally under divine
lordship, and if they draw light and vigor from the unfathomable
mystery of God," the Pope added.
He added: "Episcopal ordination does not infuse the perfection
of virtues: The bishop is called to follow his way of sanctification
with greater intensity, in order to reach the stature of Christ, the
John Paul II said that the bishop«s mission to teach, sanctify and
govern is a "difficult and wearisome mission" and, because of
this, might lead to discouragement.
He reminded the world«s prelates, however, that their vocation is
a call from Christ. The Pope concluded: "[We] want to serve his
Gospel for the hope of the world!"
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Religious Illiteracy Seen as a Key Challenge for Bishops
Episcopal Office Is Foremost at Service of Gospel, Not Society,
VATICAN CITY, SEPT. 30, 2001 (Zenit.org).- Transmitting the faith
in a religiously illiterate culture is the challenge facing the Synod
of Bishops, says the assembly«s secretary-general.
Belgian Cardinal Jan Schotte told reporters Saturday, "The
assembly«s question will be, What kind of bishop does the
Church need in the third millennium?"
"The role of the bishop must be seen in relation to Jesus Christ,"
he said. "To be his servant does not mean to be at the service of
society, but at the service of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and in
this way, by definition, the bishop becomes an evangelizer -- all
this for the hope of the world."
To illustrate this message, Cardinal Schotte mentioned the case
of Cardinal Edward Michael Egan, archbishop of New York, who,
10 minutes after the Sept. 11 attacks on the Twin Towers, went
to the scene of the tragedy to administer the sacraments and be
with the people.
Cardinal Schotte emphasized that it is important that in the
synod, which opened today, every bishop "express himself and
speak about the work of his diocese." He said that 213 of the
247 bishops present head dioceses.
According to the Belgian cardinal, the answers to a pre-synod
questionnaire sent by the assembly«s secretariat reveal "the
importance for the bishop of the spiritual journey and formation."
The questionnaire was sent to dioceses, episcopal conferences
and religious congregations.
"The bishops« primary concern is to see how it is possible to
transmit the faith in today«s culture, and how it is possible to
overcome the religious illiteracy of the members of the Church,"
Cardinal Schotte added.
He explained that special attention is being given to the
regulation of the sessions, so that all bishops have the same
opportunity to speak. All will have eight minutes to express their
point of view, he said.
"All the bishops are equal; the procedure does not leave room
for «prime donne,« to use an expression borrowed from the
opera," the cardinal confirmed.
He noted that the synod, which opened today and runs until Oct.
27, concludes the cycle of assemblies on ministries and states
of life in the Church. Previous assemblies focused on the family
(1980), the laity (1987), priests (1990) and consecrated life
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Synods Since Vatican II
Established in 1965 by Paul VI
VATICAN CITY, SEPT. 30, 2001 (Zenit.org).- The term "synod"
stems from two Greek words: "syn," which means "together,"
and "hodos," which means "way," in other words, to "come
together," to "walk together."
The institution of the synod of bishops was established by Paul
VI on Sept. 15, 1965, in keeping with the request of the Fathers of
the Second Vatican Council, to maintain the collegial spirit
fostered by the council.
In synod assemblies, the Holy Father and the bishops generally
discuss questions relating to the universal Church, although
they can also address issues of local Churches. Usually the
participants are representatives of the episcopate.
The synod exercises its function primarily as a consultative body
under the direct authority of the Pope. He convokes the synod;
chooses the topic; designates its members; in general,
presides over the assembly; and decides how to implement
suggestions made by the bishops.
There are three types of synod sessions: 1) ordinary general
assemblies, which attend to matters concerning the whole
Church; 2) extraordinary general assemblies, which address
issues that need rapid resolution; 3) special assemblies, which
focus on problems relating directly to specific Churches or
The Holy Father is the president of the synod. There is also a
secretary-general, assisted by an ordinary Council of the
General Secretariat, composed of bishops.
There have been 19 synods: nine ordinary, two extraordinary and
eight special. The following is a list of all the synods held to date,
and the documents stemming from them.
1. Revision of the Code of Canon Law (Sept. 29-Oct. 29, 1967).
Documents: Institution of the International Theological
Commission, and "Ratio Fundamentalis Institutionis
2. Ministerial Priesthood; Justice in the World (Sept. 30-Nov. 6,
1971). Documents on Justice in the World and on the Ministerial
3. Evangelization of the Contemporary World (Sept. 27-Oct. 26,
1974). Documents: Declaration of Synodal Fathers, and Paul
VI«s apostolic exhortation "Evangelii Nuntiandi."
4. Catechesis in Our Time, Especially of Children and Youth
(Sept. 30-Oct. 29, 1977). Document: John Paul II«s apostolic
exhortation "Catechesi Tradendae."
5. The Christian Family (Sept. 26-Oct. 25, 1980). Document:
John Paul II«s apostolic exhortation "Familiaris Consortio."
6. Reconciliation and Penance in the Pastoral Mission of the
Church (Sept. 29-Oct. 20, 1983). Document: John Paul II«s
apostolic exhortation "Reconciliatio et Paenitentia."
7. Vocation and Mission of the Laity in the Church and in the
World 20 Years after Vatican Council II (Oct. 1-30, 1987).
Document: John Paul II«s apostolic exhortation "Christifedeles
8. Formation of Priests in Contemporary Society (Oct. 1-28,
1990). Document: John Paul II«s apostolic exhortation "Pastores
9. Consecrated Life and Its Function in the Church and in the
World (Oct. 2-29, 1995). Document: John Paul II«s apostolic
exhortation "Vita Consecrata."
1. Cooperation of Episcopal Conferences with the Holy See and
Among Themselves (Sept. 11-Oct. 28, 1968). Documents:
Message to Priests and Final Declaration.
2. Commemoration, Evaluation and Promotion of Vatican
Council II on the 20th Anniversary of Its Conclusion (Nov. 25-Dec.
8, 1985). Documents: Message to Christians and Final Report of
1. Special Synod of the Bishops of the Low Countries: The
Church«s Pastoral Care in Holland in the Present Situation (Jan.
14-31, 1980). Final document of the special synod.
2. Special Assembly for Europe: We Are Witnesses of Christ
Who Has Delivered Us (Nov. 28-Dec. 14, 1991).
3. Synod of Bishops Special Assembly for Africa: Africa and Its
Mission of Evangelization Toward the Year 2000: You Will Be My
Witnesses (April 10-May 8, 1994). Document: apostolic
exhortation "Ecclesia in Africa" (Sept. 14, 1995).
4. Synod of Bishops Special Assembly for Lebanon: Christ Is
Our Hope: Renewed by His Spirit, in Solidarity, We Witness to
His Love (Nov. 26-Dec. 14, 1995). Document: apostolic
exhortation "A New Hope for Lebanon (May 10, 1997).
5. Synod of Bishops Special Assembly for America: Encounter
with the Living Jesus Christ, the Way to Conversion, Communion
and Solidarity in America (Nov. 16 to Dec. 12, 1997). Document:
apostolic exhortation "Ecclesia in America" (Jan. 22, 1999).
6. Synod of Bishops Special Assembly for Asia: Jesus Christ the
Savior and His Mission of Love and Service in Asia: "That They
May Have Life, and that They May Have It in Abundance" (April
19-May 14, 1998). Document: apostolic exhortation "Ecclesia in
Asia" (Nov. 6, 1999).
7. Synod of Bishop Special Assembly for Oceania: Jesus Christ
and the Peoples of Oceania: To Walk His Way, Tell His Truth,
Live His Life (Nov. 22-Feb. 12, 1998).
8. Synod of Bishops 2nd Special Assembly for Europe: Jesus
Christ Living in His Church, Source of Hope for Europe (Oct.
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EUCHARISTIC PRAYER IN HONOR OF THE SORROWFUL
HEART OF MARY
When the Eucharistic host is elevated at Mass say:
"Eternal Father, through the Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of
Mary, I offer you the crucified body of your son Jesus Christ, in
reparation for all the sins committed against you and for the
conversion and salvation of the world."
When the Eucharistic chalice is elevated at Mass say:
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