In his Opening Speech for the Fifteenth General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops, Pope Francis said “the Synod we are living is a time for sharing” – sharing that must involve both speaking with courage and frankness, and listening with humility. The Synod, he said, “must be an exercise in dialogue,” especially for those directly participating in the event.
This month’s Synod of Bishops got off to an emotional start as prelates on day one (October 3rd) asked for forgiveness for the Church’s failures on issues such as sex abuse and migration, while calling for youth to be met where they are at rather than criticized. Members of the Synod of Bishops are called to recognize the challenges young people face in living their faith, interpret those challenges in the light of faith and make "courageous choices" to renew the Catholic Church and its ministry to teens and young adults. Pope Francis urged Catholic bishops to dream of a future free of the mistakes of the past as he opened a global church leadership meeting Wednesday amid renewed outrage over the priestly sex abuse and cover-up scandal.
In the photo gallery: Archbishop Paglia, our President, with some young delegates; prof. Chiara Giaccardi, Università Cattolica of Milan and Member of the Pontifical Academy, during the first press conference. (Photographer: Massimiliano Migliorato - Copyright: Catholic Press Photo).