VATICAN CITY, NOV 8, 2003 (VIS) - The Council of the General Secretariat of the Synod of Bishops for the Special Assembly for America celebrated its eighth meeting on October 14 in the Vatican, according to a communique made public today.
Under the leadership of Cardinal Jan P. Schotte, C.I.C.M., secretary general of the Synod of Bishops, five cardinals, seven archbishops and two bishops participated in the meeting. In addition to discussing the application of the post-synodal apostolic exhortation 'Ecclesia in America' after the publication of a report on the same document in February, they spoke about the social and ecclesiastical situation in America. The next meeting is scheduled to take place on November 4-5, 2004.
The tenth Ordinary Council of the General Secretariat of the Synod of Bishops met for the seventh time on October 23-24 in the main office of the general secretariat. During the gathering, which was attended by five cardinals and five archbishops in addition to Cardinal Schotte, there was an exchange of options and suggestions on the preparation of the eleventh ordinary general assembly. The next meeting will take place on November 16-17, 2004.
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