Sunday, 21 October 2012

Half way through Synod: Archbishop Longley takes stock

Archbishop Bernard Longley
photo Vatican Radio
 Vatican Radio reports Half way through the three week Synod of Bishops on New Evangelisation taking place here in the Vatican, there are several key themes that have emerged as essential for the revitalisation of the faith in different countries around the world.

Formation, a solid grounding in the faith and better training for priests and lay people has been seen as a number one priority, alongside the ability to live out the Christian faith in love and solidarity, in concrete gestures of charity and closeness to all those who suffer or seek a sense of meaning in their lives.

As the Synod fathers gathered to mark the 50th anniversary of the opening of the Second Vatican Council last week, participants have also stressed the ecumenical imperative, that overcoming “the scandal of divisions” is more essential than ever before if we are to be effective witnesses to Christ in our secular world.

Among those who chose to focus on the importance of ecumenism was the Archbishop of Birmingham Bernard Longley, co-chairman of ARCIC III, the Anglican-Roman Catholic International Commission and former priest of Arundel & Brighton Diocese.

He shared some insights with Vatican Radio’s Philippa Hitchen...

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