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From the Synod: Cardinal Napier optimistic about Synod’s outcome

Deacon Greg Kandra - published on 10/20/15

From NCR: 

One of the 13 cardinals said to have signed a letter to Pope Francis sharply criticizing the ongoing Synod of Bishops has said he no longer has concerns about the gathering and is even optimistic about its outcome. South African Cardinal Wilfrid Napier told reporters at a briefing Tuesday that Francis’ response to the letter — addressing the entire bishops’ gathering on its second day of work Oct. 6 — “made a huge difference … in the scale of confidence and of trust” in the pope and the synod process. After hearing the pontiff that day, Napier said he felt “that the concerns had registered, they were being taken care of and therefore, from there on, everyone was going to work at the synod with all they’ve got.” “I think that’s what I’ve experienced and that has been why I feel that this synod takes up where that first week of the last one had left off, when we were all optimistic and looking forward to really looking together on the issues as a team,” said the cardinal, referring to an earlier synod held in 2014.

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