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Bring Christ's hope to an empty world , Pope encourages Synod participants

October 15, 2012

The word “Synod” means “shared journey,” Pope Benedict XVI reminded bishops at an October 13 luncheon for participants in the Synod of Bishops. Thus, he said, “during the Synod we and our contemporaries journey together.”

The Pope observed that he was sitting at the luncheon along with Orthodox Patriarch Bartholomew I of Constantinople and the Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr. Rowan Williams. Their participation in the Synod, he said, “is a sign that we are on the journey towards unity and that we are progressing in our hearts; the Lord will help is to progress externally too.”

Speaking of a journey, the Pope said, he was reminded of the two disciples who traveled with the risen Christ to Emmaus. In a way “represent today’s agnostic world,” he said. “Jesus, their hope, had died; the world was empty; it truly seemed either that God did not exist or that He was not interested in us.” Today’s world has the same empty feeling, he said, and needs the same instruction that Jesus remains with us.


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