Synod Bishops Issue Final Statement

VATICAN, Oct 26, 01 ( - After considering nearly 300 suggested amendments, the Synod of Bishops has approved a 7-page final statement.

The final statement, released on Friday in several different languages, reflects the major themes of a month-long discussion by the 250 participating prelates on the role of the diocesan bishop.

The bishops' statement opens with an expression of gratitude for the opportunity to hear "the voice of the particular churches and of the peoples," and for the bishops to become better acquainted with each other.

The statement also condemns "the horror of terrorism," and voices the bishops' sympathy for the victims of the September 11 attacks on the United States. And it concludes with an appeal for peace in Jerusalem.

In consideration of the bishop's role as "servant of the Gospel and of hope," the Synodal statement emphasizes the importance of collegiality and communion among the bishops. It also stresses the importance of ecumenical and inter-religious dialogue.

As the bishops who have participated in this 10th meeting of the Synod finish their work, each member has received a gift from Pope John Paul II: a silver pectoral cross inscribed with the motto, "Duc in altum," which has become the Holy Father's theme for the opening of the third Christian millennium.

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26. oktober 2001

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