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Synod council discusses topics, procedures for next meeting

April 20, 2016

The 14th ordinary council of the Synod of Bishops held its first meeting on April 20, following the conclusion of the Synod on the Family and the release of the apostolic exhortation Amoris Laetitia.

The main topics for discussion at the meeting were the subjects suggested for the next plenary assembly of the Synod, and the possible changes to operating procedures for the Synod. Regarding subjects for future meetings, the council made suggestions to Pope Francis, who will choose the subject. Regarding procedural rules, the group reached a general consensus that the Synod should serve the causes of both collegiality and Petrine primacy, enabling the world’s bishops to share their thoughts and concerns with the Bishop of Rome.

Pope Francis, who attended the Wednesday meeting, thanked the participants for their contributions. Cardinal Lorenzo Baldiseseri, the secretary general of the Synod, in turn thanked the Pontiff for the publication of Amoris Laetitia.

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