Archbishop Eamon Martin of Armagh, Northern Ireland, centre, gestures during a working group at the Synod of Bishops on young people, the faith and vocational discernment at the Vatican. Seated next to Archbishop Martin is Cardinal Oswald Gracias of Mumbai, India. (CNS photo/Vatican Media)
The Synod of Bishops follows a three-week "see, judge, act"
model. Last week involved interventions and discussions on Part II of the Instrumentum Laboris
: "Interpreting: Faith and Vocational Discernment".
The day-to-day meetings during a synod function between General Congregations
(the meetings in the synod hall with all participants and delegates) and the "Circoli Minori"
(small language groups discussing the interventions during the General Congregations, commenting on the working document - Instrumentum Laboris
, and offering suggestions - "modi" - for the final text.)
Last week, the small language groups presented their reports on the first week
of discussions. This week, the fourteen groups have presented reports on this second week of discussions regarding vocation and discernment.
The reports are a great way to gauge the progress of the Synod as a whole, as they reveal the broad scope of opinions coming from the lived experience of Catholics across the globe. They also demonstrate in a very real way the necessary dialogue that takes place within the Church.
In order to read these reports
, visit the official Vatican website for the Synod, where they are presented in their original languages (with the English groups first): http://www.synod2018.va/content/synod2018/en/news/reports-from-the-small-group-discussions-on-the-ii-part-of-the--.html
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