Pope says coming synod has 'great importance' for entire church
Pope John Paul II said a forthcoming international meeting of bishops at the Vatican has "great importance for the whole church," and would focus on church experience since the Second Vatican Council.
The "principal reference point" of 30 September-27 October gathering, which will examine the role of bishops in the church, will be the council and especially its document on bishops, the pope told pilgrims on Sunday during a midday blessing at his summer residence outside Rome.
"The council teaching will be read anew in light of recent decades and above all with a view to the new evangelization, as even the theme itself suggests," he said.
The theme of the synod is The Bishop: Servant of the Gospel of Jesus Christ for the Hope of the World.