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Synod thankful for return of displaced Christians

DAHUK (CNS): The Chaldean Catholic Church its August 7 to 13 synod in Baghdad, Iraq, offering thanks to God for the return of numerous displaced Christians to their hometowns in the Ninevah Plain and for pastoral achievements in their dioceses.
 

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Post synod document expected soon

VATICAN (SE): Vatican spokesperson, Father Federico Lombardi, said that Pope Francis’ post-synodal apostolic exhortation could be presented as soon as the second or third week of April, though it will be dated March 19, the feast of St. Joseph.

The March 17 report from the Vatican Insider says that the document will reflect on the conclusions that emerged from the 2014 Extraordinary Synod of Bishops and 2015 Synod on the Family.

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An Asian challenge to the Synod on Family Life

HONG KONG (UCAN): In October last year, the same month the Vatican held an extraordinary synod as a prelude to the current Synod of Bishops on Family Life, Japan released a survey revealing the most skewed demographics on earth.

Some 26 per cent of Japanese are over 65, compared with just 11 per cent worldwide. Only South Korea has a lower fertility rate, 1.1 births per woman. China, with the world’s largest population, is grappling with a surge in the number of divorces.








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What language will the synod speak?

The doctrine of marriage is not at stake, but the family as an irreplaceable resource in human society is.

This was the conundrum facing the synod when it convened on October 4 under the theme, The vocation and mission of the family in the Church and in the contemporary world, after probably one of the most intense periods of lobbying from a wide spectrum of Catholic society ever seen.








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Bishop not on list for family synod

HONG KONG (UCAN): The bishop of Hong Kong, which is the largest Chinese diocese in the world, will be not be attending the World Synod of Bishops in October, because he is past the age limit of 75.

John Cardinal Tong Hon was not invited to participate in the Synod on Marriage and Family Life. “Now I know that I am not going to the synod,” the 76-year-old bishop of Hong Kong said.

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China’s lone voice at synod not enough

 

VATICAN (SE): Even South Sudan, the world’s newest nation was represented at the Synod of Bishops in Rome, which is scheduled to conclude on October 27, but one of the world’s oldest civilisations with a bigger population than any other country, China, managed to score only one lone voice, and that by letter.

Bishop Luke Li Jing Feng, from Fengxiang in Shaanxi province, did manage to make an intervention by letter.

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