Synod tipped to stress Sunday Mass obligation
The three and a half week Synod of Bishops on the Eucharist, which begins at the Vatican on Sunday, is expected to review certain liturgical issues, including the importance of Sunday Mass.
More than 250 bishops from every continent will attend the event, which will close the Year of the Eucharist with a consideration of the theme "The Eucharist: Source and Summit of the Life and Mission of the Church".
Catholic News Service reports that earlier this year, Pope Benedict shortened the assembly and changed the format to include more group discussion and less speech-giving in response to long-standing criticism of the synod process.
The synod will take an in-depth look at many pastoral aspects of the Eucharist, then formulate conclusions that are passed on to the pope for possible use in a later document.
The synod's function has always been advisory, and many observers will be watching the October session to see if the new pope expands that role or gives the synod additional responsibilities.
Synod of Bishops to review liturgical issues, emphasize Sunday Mass (Catholic News Service 26/9/05)
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28 Sep 2005