5 bishops attending Vatican council
MANILA, Philippines — Five Filipino Catholic bishops are off to Vatican City to attend a three-week gathering of prelates with Pope Benedict XVI, which will start on Sunday.
The gathering, also known as the synod, aims to “intensify the people’s understanding, reading, and living of the Word of God because the Word of God is the center of all Christianity,” said Sorsogon Bishop Arturo Bastes, one of the representatives of the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines.
The synod, which is the 12th Ordinary General Assembly, has the theme: “The Word of God in the Life and Mission of the Church.” It is scheduled on October 5 to 26.
The CBCP said on its website that a synod is a “gathering of Catholic bishops, summoned to Rome by the Pope, to advise him on the subject of his choice.”
The Pope also appointed Cotabato Archbishop Orlando Quevedo, secretary general of the Federation of the Asian Bishops Conference, as well as Catholic Family Bible Quiz founder Elvira Yap-Go, to attend the synod.
The CBCP will also send, aside from Bastes, bishops Luis Antonio Tagle, Pablo David, and Broderick Pabillo to the Synod.