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Synod sparks enthusiasm among participants

Catholic World News - October 19, 2012

Participants in this month’s Synod of Bishops are feeling “great satisfaction and great hope” with the proceedings, spokesmen told reporters at an October 18 briefing.

Archbishop Sviatoslav Shevchuk, the leader of the Ukrainian Catholic Chuch, said that the Synod has renewed the enthusiasm of Church leaders for their mission. The Eastern-rite leader said that a new impulse of evangelization would be a boon to ecumenical relations, because “all Christian communities today agree on the urgency of proclaiming Jesus Christ to modern society.” A common commitment to that goal, he said “will aid us in overcoming the divisions of the past.”

Cardinal John Tong Hon of Hong Kong said that the Synod’s task of reviving Catholic evangelization is difficult but possible. He made a special plea for prayers for the Church in China, noting with regret that the Catholic bishops of mainland China have been unable to participate in this month’s deliberations.

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