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Synod members outline characteristics of bishop's ministry

Before drawing up proposals for the pope, members of the Synod of Bishops outlined the basic characteristics that should mark their ministry.

The need to be a strong teacher of Catholic faith and Christian values was highlighted on Tuesday by almost all of the synod's 12 working groups.

"Faced with the ambiguous fabric of today's society, the bishop is called to bring judicious discernment on doctrinal and moral questions," one group said.

"The bishop is a doctor of truth and a teacher of faith," another said.

A further report explained: "The exercise of the teaching mission requires a double form of attention: On one side there is that which must be said and, on the other, the way of saying it."