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Pope announces 2nd African synod, set for October 2009
Source: Catholic News Service
Published: Tuesday, December 02, 2008
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VATICAN CITY (CNS)—Pope Benedict XVI has announced that the second special Synod of Bishops for Africa will be held at the Vatican Oct. 4-25, 2009.
 
The synod theme will be "The Church in Africa at the Service of Reconciliation, Justice and Peace," the Vatican said in a brief June 28, 2007, announcement.
 
The first synod for Africa was held at the Vatican in 1994. Ten years later, Pope John Paul II said another synod would be held to allow church leaders to address the continent's changing religious, demographic, social and political scenes.
 
In 2005, Pope Benedict confirmed the convocation of the synod, setting in motion a complex procedure to determine the theme and timing as well as the content.


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