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Pope Francis' pontificate has something to do with the movement from security to boldness
Pope Francis gestures at the end of a Mass for priests as part of the Jubilee Year of Mercy, on June 3 in the Vatican. (Photo by AFP)
Massimo Faggioli International
September 20, 2016
The summer of 2016 has not been a quiet time for Pope Francis. But apparently it has not been a quiet time for some of his brother bishops either. Some ordinaries of dioceses all over the world have given lectures and announced decisions that must be considered with attention not only for what they said, but also for the ecclesial environment in which they were received.
First, Australian Archbishop Mark Coleridge of Brisbane announced his intention to celebrate a national synod for Australia in the year 2020. In an interview published in the Catholic Leader the archbishop, who was an active (and tweeting) member of the last assembly of the Synod of Bishops in Rome, talked about the inspiration received by the most important ecclesial event of the last 50 years.
"It was in listening to the pope's speech on synodality in the church, on the morning of Oct. 17 that I began to realize, in a clear and powerful way, that the time had arrived for Australia," he said.
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