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The Friday sessions, presided over by Cardinal Robles Ortega, of the Synod started normal enough, with a series of interventions by 23 Synod fathers.
Archbishop Sviatoslav Shevchuk, Major Archbishop of Kyiv-Halyc and head of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church, suggested that the effectiveness of homilies be made a topic for a future assembly of the Synod. Before him, Bishop Javier Echeverría Rodríguez of Opus Dei had also mentioned the need for this, and suggested that could be achieved by the homilist directing is word also to himself, to lead by example, so to speak.
Cardinal Ravasi spoke, among others, about the tensions between science and faith:
“The incompatibility between science and faith and the prevarications of one against the other and vice versa, as has occurred in the past and continues to occur, should be replaced by mutual recognition of the dignity of their respective epistemological statuses: science is dedicated to the “scene”, that is the phenomenon, while theology and philosophy look to the “foundation”. A distinction, but not of separateness to the point of reciprocal exclusion, since they have a single common object, that is, being and existence. It is therefore comprehensible that overlaps and tensions occur, especially in the field of bioethics.
Dialogue is therefore indispensable, without arrogance and without confusion linked to specific levels and approaches. As John Paul II indicated in 1988, “it is absolutely important that each discipline continues to enrich, nurture and provoke the other to be more fully what it should be and to contribute to our vision of what we are and where we are going”. The great scientist Max Planck, father of quantum theory, also confirmed this: “Every serious and reflective person realizes… there can never be any real opposition between religion and science; for the one is the complement of the other”.
Archbishop Józef Michalik, of Przemysl, Poland, reminded the Synod that we can’t lay the blame for the current crisis of faith merely with others:
“If the faith of today becomes ever weaker, we must not only blame others, but rather ourselves. If the message of faith is not interesting or attractive – this is perhaps the case because that same message is no longer interesting or attractive to us, because it does not excite us, because we do not preach Christ to our families or on the streets of our cities.”
In the afternoon, Pope Benedict XVI hosted the Synod fathers, together with Patriarch Bartholomaois I of Constantinople and Archbishop Rowan Williams of Canterbury, for a lunch in the Paul VI Hall. He followed the “lovely tradition initiated by Pope John Paul II to crown the Synod with a shared meal.” He likened the Synod experience to the disciples on the road to Emmaus. Jesus “lit up their hearts and illuminated their minds” allowing them to recognise Him at supper.
“Thus in the Synod we are walking together with our contemporaries. We pray to the Lord that He may illuminate us, that He may light up our hearts so they may become prophetic, that He may illuminate our minds; and we pray that at supper, in the Eucharistic communion, we can really be open, see Him and thus also light up the world and give His light to this world of ours.”
The evening session, the Eighth General Congregation began later, as the Holy Father had already suggested during the lunch. First up was an intervention by Professor Werner Arber, professor of microbiology and President of the Pontifical Academy for Sciences. He gave a “Reflection on the relations between the sciences and religious faith”.
Following this, the members of the Commission for the Message were announced. Four of these, including the president, Cardinal Betori, and the Vice President, Archbishop Tagle, were appointed by the pope, while the remaining eight were elected by the Synod fathers. The members, tasked with composing the pastorl message related to the topic of the Synod, are:
Giuseppe Cardinal Betori, Archbishop of Florence, Italy
Archbishop Luis Tagle, Archbishop of Manila, Philippines
Polycarp Cardinal Pengo, Archbishop of Dar-Es-Salaam, Tanzania
Christoph Cardinal Schönborn, Archbishop of Vienna, Austria
Gianfranco Cardinal Ravasi, President of the Pontifical Council for Culture
George Cardinal Alencherry, Major Archbishop of Ernakulam-Angamaly of the Syro-Malabars, India
Timothy Cardinal Dolan, Archbishop of New York, United States
Archbishop André-Joseph Léonard, Archbishop of Mechelen-Brussels, Belgium
Archbishop John Atcherley Dew, Archbishop of Wellington, New Zealand
Archbishop Sérgio Da Rocha, Archbishop of Brasilia, Brazil
Archbishop Socrates Villegas, Archbishop of Lingayen-Dagupan
Father Adolfo Nicolás Pachón, Superior General of the Society of Jesus
Photo credit:  Bishop Gerald Kicanas
On 28 June, the feast day of Saints Peter and Paul, 38 metropolitan archbishops will receive the pallium from Pope Benedict XVI. The 38 are archbishops which have been appointed in the past year, and the pallium is the symbol of their jurisdiction as bestowed upon them by the pope. It is therefore also a sign of the bond between the archbishops and Rome, and thus between the Church on the local level and the worldwide level.
A pallium bestowed signifies the pastoral power of an archbishop in an archdiocese and Church province, and is tied to that jurisdiction. If an archbishop is installed in another archdiocese (as happened in the past year to Archbishop Peter Smith, who moved from Cardiff to Southwark), he will receive a new pallium.
A metropolitan archbishop has supervisory rights in the so-called suffragan dioceses outside his own archdiocese. For example, in the Netherlands, Utrecht is the archdiocese and the other dioceses are are suffragans. Archbishop Wim Eijk of Utrecht can, for example, intervene in legal matters in the other Dutch dioceses
The Vatican Information Service has the complete list new metropolitans:
- Archbishop Luis Gerardo Herrera O.F.M. of Cuenca, Ecuador
- Archbishop Alex Thomas Kaliyanil S.V.D. of Bulawayo, Zimbabwe
- Archbishop Gerard Tlali Lerotholi O.M.I. of Maseru, Lesotho
- Archbishop Antonio Fernando Saburido O.S.B. of Olinda and Recife, Brazil
- Archbishop Albert Legatt of Saint-Boniface, Canada
- Archbishop Gualtiero Bassetti of Perugia – Citta della Pieve, Italy
- Archbishop Andrea Bruno Mazzocato of Udine, Italy
- Archbishop Gabriel Mblinghi C.S.Sp. of Lubango, Angola
- Archbishop Socrates B. Villegas of Lingayen-Dagupan, Philippines
- Archbishop Constancio Miranda Weckmann of Chihuahua, Mexico
- Archbishop Bernard Longley of Birmingham, England
- Archbishop Juan Jose Asenjo Pelegrina of Seville, Spain.
- Archbishop Jerome Edward Lisecki of Milwaukee, U.S.A
- Archbishop Samuel Kleda of Douala, Cameroon
- Archbishop Jesus Sanz Montes O.F.M. of Oviedo, Spain
- Archbishop Anton Stres C.M. of Ljubljana, Slovenia
- Archbishop Joseph Atanga S.J. of Bertoua, Cameroon
- Archbishop Stephen Brislin of Cape Town, South Africa
- Archbishop Dennis M. Schnurr of Cincinnati, U.S.A
- Archbishop Alberto Taveira Correa of Belem do Para, Brazil
- Archbishop Andre-Mutien [sic] Leonard of Mechelen-Brussels, Belgium
- Archbishop Antonio Lanfranchi of Modena – Nonantola, Italy
- Archbishop Dominik Duka O.P. of Prague, Czech Republic
- Archbishop Ricardo Antonio Tobon Restrepo of Medellin, Colombia
- Archbishop Jose Domingo Ulloa Mendieta O.S.A. of Panama, Panama
- Archbishop Francis Kallarakal of Verapoly, India
- Archbishop Desire Tsarahazana of Toamasina, Madagascar
- Archbishop Ricardo Blazquez Perez of Valladolid, Spain
- Archbishop Hyginus Kim Hee-joong of Kwangju, Korea
- Archbishop Luis Madrid Merlano of Nueva Pamplona, Colombia
- Archbishop Thomas Gerard Wenski of Miami, U.S.A
- Archbishop Peter Smith of Southwark, England
- Archbishop Jozef Kowalczyk of Gniezno, Poland
- Archbishop Pierre Nguyen Van Nhon of Hanoi, Vietnam
- Archbishop Matthias Kobena Nketsiah of Cape Coast, Ghana
- Archbishop Bernard Bober of Kosice, Slovakia
- Archbishop Carlos Garfias Merlos of Acapulco, Mexico
- Archbishop Luigi Moretti of Salerno – Campagna – Acerno, Italy