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Synod Fathers burn midnight oil to finish work for Pope

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It’s easy to forget that the Synod for Africa is continuing in Rome. The Synod Fathers have now whittled down their discussions to 54 propositions.

EWTN reports:

These propositions will be amended in the following days, before being presented to Benedict XVI as the conclusions of the synod.

This first draft was finished Tuesday at 4 am and printed shortly after, for delivery to the synod fathers so they could follow the reading at that morning’s session.

The Synod’s relator-general, Cardinal Peter Kodwo Appiah Turkson, archbishop of Cape Coast, Ghana worked to compile this draft along with the relators of the 12 working groups and two other secretary bishops.

The working groups handed in 282 propositions Friday, which were later unified and summarized in the resulting 54.

But unfortunately we will probably never know what the propositions are:

According to the methodology of the synodal assembly, the propositions – which the Pope uses to write a post-synodal apostolic exhortation – are not published unless the Holy Father decides otherwise.

Photo: A bishop reads a document before the start of a session of the Synod of Bishops for Africa at the Vatican (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

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Written by Luke Coppen

October 23, 2009 at 1:55 pm

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