The Synod for Africa

Through the month of October, the Pope is leading a Synod for Africa and the meeting has generated headlines galore. For those curious on what is being said and what is being planned, I have compiled a list of links. Readers, please add to the list in the comment section.

News from the Vatican

Excitement over the possibility of a black Pope?

National Catholic Reporter Coverage of Opening Events

Archbishop Gregory’s Address

Sad news from the Democratic Republic of the Congo

Various comments from African Bishops

Even more comments from church leaders in Africa

The Church on peace in Africa

And lastly, a prayer written by Pope Benedict XVI for the occasion:

Holy Mary, Mother of God, Protectress of Africa,
You have given to the world the true Light, Jesus Christ.
Through your obedience to the Father and the grace of the Holy Spirit
You have given us the source of our reconciliation and our justice,
Jesus Christ, our peace and our joy.

Mother of Tenderness and Wisdom,
Show us Jesus, your Son and the Son of God
Guide our path of conversion
So that Jesus might shine his glory on us
In every aspect of our personal, familial and social lives.

Mother, full of Mercy and Justice,
Through your docility to the Spirit, the Counselor,
Obtain for us the grace to be witnesses of the Risen Lord,
So that we will increasingly become
The salt of the earth and the light of the world.

Mother of Perpetual Help,
We entrust to your maternal intercession
the preparation and fruits of the Second Special Assembly for Africa.
Queen of Peace, pray for us!
Our Lady of Africa, pray for us!

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