With an extensive service in St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome, the World Synod of the Catholic Church ends on Sunday after three and a half weeks. The service will be presided over by Pope Francis. Deliberations on the final declaration lasted into the evening on Saturday. No concrete decisions were expected. There will be another such meeting next year in October.
The World Synod is considered one of the pope’s most important projects. Among the approximately 360 participants with voting rights were, for the first time, Catholic lay people, including about 50 women. The vast majority, however, continues to consist of bishops. Most representatives of German Catholics are hoping for signals that the church is ready for reform. From Austria, Cardinal Christoph Schönborn Salzburg Archbishop Franz Lackner participated in the circle of invited – non-voting – experts and theological advisors is the Linz pastoral theologian Klara-Antonia Csiszar.
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