Church numbers

On publication of the annual Statistics for Mission, Bishop Steven reflects that there remains a huge appetite to learn and explore the Christian faith. The sheer number of courses run by churches is a sign of how much people want to explore the big questions about the meaning and purpose of life.  According to the […]

New Evangelisation: humility, respect and silence

This morning the Synod began to listen to the contributions of the Synod Fathers.  Each speaks for five minutes only on any aspect of the topic or agenda and each is allowed only one contribution during the main plenary sessions. The contribution…

Around the world in 80 minutes

The Synod heard contributions from five different continents today.  Each speaker had 10 minutes to paint a picture of the need for the new evangelisation and what was already happening. My listening was inevitably subjective.  Some of…

The Synod begins: confessio et caritas

The Synod of Bishops held its first session this morning and began, as expected, with prayer and an address from Pope Benedict.  About 400 Synod Fathers, experts and fraternal delegates are gathered in the audience hall, a tiered auditorium.…

The Synod Process

The process for the Synod is very different from anything I've experienced in the Church of England.  For one thing the programme is in Latin.  My ancient languages are stronger than my modern ones so that's not so much of a problem.  My…

Preparing for the Synod of Bishops

Welcome to this new blog.  A bit of an experiment.  We'll see how it goes.I've started blogging because of an invitation to go to Rome in a few days time for something called the Synod of Bishops. The Synod has been called by Pope Benedict.…