Rome-based clergy urges Filipino faithful to pray for the Synod

A group of Filipino priests at the Vatican encouraged the faithful in the Philippines to pray for the leaders of the Catholic Church as they gather for the month-long Synod of Bishops on Synodality this October.

Pontificio Collegio Filippino (PCF) rector Fr. Gregory Ramon Gaston said that Pope Francis desires the Synod as “a time for prayer and discernment” and asked everyone to join the bishops in learning the faith.

“Pope Francis desires that the month-long Synod be a time for prayer and discernment, receiving inspiration from the Holy Spirit. It is not just an international meeting making a decision based on their experiences,” Fr. Gaston stressed during his interview with Radio Veritas.

“As the delegates reflected on God’s will for the Church, may we also renew our yearning to learn more about God’s teachings by reading the Bible and reviewing the Catechism,” he added.

Meanwhile, the Archdiocese of Manila requested for prayers for the Synod where Manila Archbishop Jose Cardinal Advincula was elected as one of the three Filipino delegates for the XVI Ordinary General Assembly with Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines president and vice president, Kalookan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David and Pasig Bishop Mylo Hubert Vergara, respectively.

The Synod delegates underwent a spiritual retreat from September 30 to October 3 before the proper from October 4 to 29. (Lem Leal Santiago/RCAM-AOC | Photo from Vatican News)



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