Religion: The Synod Begins

THE SYNOD BEGINS The arrival of Cardinal Mindszenty in Rome overshadowed another Vatican event: the much-discussed third session of the world Synod of Bishops, which convened at week's end for a month of debate on church issues. Indeed, the Hungarian primate was seated at the Pope's right when Paul VI opened the synod in the Sistine Chapel.

Synods (literally, "meetings") of churchmen have been a part of the ecclesiastical fabric since the earliest days of Christianity. The world synod, however, a representative international gathering of bishops and religious-order superiors, is a creation of the Second Vatican Council....

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