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World Synod scrutinises role of bishops

As the month-long synod of the world's bishops proceeds through its first week, a German bishop drew applause for urging a stronger approach among bishops toward governance and correcting doctrinal error (see OPINION).

Other participants, particularly from Asia, put the emphasis on bishops' role in listening and accompaniment of the faithful to bring the Gospel to those in pluralist societies.

More than 30 bishops took the microphone in the first two general sessions of the synod, which was focused on the bishop's role in the church. In addition to his teaching role, other recurrent themes included bishops' relationships to the Vatican and the function of episcopal conferences.