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Africa Synod reaches turning point

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The Synod for Africa has reached an important turning point. Cardinal Peter Turkson, the Synod’s general secretary, gave a speech yesterday summarising the 200 or so speeches delivered over the past few days.

His speech, known as the relatio post disceptationem (“report after the discussion”), identified four key themes.

According to John Allen, they were: empowering women, defending family life, responding to globalisation and pursuing dialogue with Islam.

The cardinal said:

The Synod Fathers have heard the cry of women which has been echoed by some of their own members… The Church-Family of God is invited to do something about the grave injustices which have been meted out to them. Women need to be recognised in society as well as in the Church as active members engaged in the life of the Church. Their contribution to the development and the protection of the human family, even in times of conflicts, must be recognised and appreciated.

Allen concludes:

Turkson then assigned a series of 25 questions for the small groups to ponder. Organised by language, the groups meet today and make reports to the full synod tomorrow. They’ll meet again on Friday, with an eye towards adopting a set of propositions for presentation to the Pope next week.

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Written by Luke Coppen

October 14, 2009 at 12:44 pm

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