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Cardinal Martini says Synod marks high point in church unity

Despite some disagreement over the relationship between the local and universal church, the October Synod of Bishops has marked a high point in church unity, according to Milan's Cardinal Carlo Maria Martini.

"Probably in the history of the church there's never been a moment like this, in which the church -- although spread out across the world, in many languages and cultures -- felt so united and gave such an example of communion," Cardinal Martini told reporters on Monday.

The cardinal said the consensus of the Synod, which discussed the ministry of bishops, was that the tools of collegiality should be perfected, in a way that increases mutual understanding and the possibility of variety in unity.