The ongoing Synod will conclude on October 19.
Five people from India, including three Cardinals, are participating in the two-week long extraordinary Synod in Vatican on family life that began on Sunday.
While majority of around 200 delegates participating in the Synod are bishops or priests, the historical meet to deliberate issues like use of contraceptives, divorce and gay sex is attended by some 12 married couples, a rarity for the Catholic Church.
Cardinal Oswald Gracias of Mumbai, president of the national bishops’ conference and Latin Church head, Major Archbishop Mar George Cardinal Alencherry of Syro Malabar Church and Catholicos Mar Baselios Cleemis of Malankara Church are attending the Synod as heads of three rites in India.
Apart from them, Fr Arulraj Gali, national director of Holy Cross Family Ministry in India and Fr Cajetan Menezes, director, Family Apostolate, Mumbai Archdiocese are also participating in the Synod from India which dwells on ‘Pastoral Challenges for the Family in the Context of Evangelization.’
Church sources said that only heads of churches and bishops’ conferences have been invited for the Synod as regular participants. The priests are attending the Synod to assist it in various capacities. The deliberations and findings of the Synod will be put before a General Assembly to be convened by the Vatican in October 2015. The ongoing Synod will conclude on October 19.
Source: Deccan Chronicle