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Synod on Scripture opens Sunday

October 03, 2008

The 12th general assembly of the Synod of Bishops will open on Sunday, October 5, with Pope Benedict XVI presiding at a Mass in the basilica of St. Paul-Outside-the-Walls. The opening Mass of every previous Synod has been held at St. Peter's basilica; this year's location has been changed in deference to the Pauline Year.

The 253 bishops participating in the Synod, representing 113 episcopal conferences and 13 Eastern churches, will be joined by 78 experts and auditors in discussion of the theme: "The Word of God in the Life and Mission of the Church." There will also be "fraternal delegates" from several Orthodox churches and Protestant bodies. In another unprecedented , Rabbi Shear Yashuv Cohen of Haifa, Israel, will address the Synod on October 6, explaining the Jewish approach to the Scriptures.


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