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Synod's small groups appear to find consensus on several issues

Members of the Synod of Bishops, meeting in small groups, appeared to find consensus quickly on issues ranging from their obligation to be strong teachers to the need for improvements to the synod structure.

Seven of the 12 groups, divided according to language, presented their initial reflections at the morning session of the synod on Tuesday.

Each group underlined the importance of the local bishop as a teacher of truth and of Gospel values, a friend and father to his priests, a man of prayer who can lead others to holiness and a man who lives simply and defends the poor. While the full, 20-minute reports of each group were confidential, the Vatican provided summaries of each report.

Synod of Bishops - Summary