Irish archbishops elected to special roles in the Synod of Bishops on the family in Rome

07 Oct 2015

The Holy See Press Office today published a list of moderators and rapporteurs who were elected of the ‘Circuli Minori’. These circuli minori will function as language-specific discussion groups within the larger Synodal gathering.

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin of Dublin was elected as Rapporteur of the second of four English-speaking groups. Archbishop Eamon Martin of Armagh was elected as Moderator of the third of the four English-speaking groups.

Throughout the Synod the circuli minori will allow the participants to reflect on the basic text of the Instumentum Laboris (the working document of the Synod) in order to examine ways which will enable the text to develop. At the end of the sessions the rapporteur from each circulo presents a brief report of their work and indicates the supplements to be inserted in the base text.

Notes to Editors

· Archbishop Eamon Martin and Archbishop Diarmuid Martin are representing the Irish bishops at the XIV Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops on the theme “The Vocation and Mission of the Family in the Church and Contemporary World”. The Synod is taking place in Rome from Sunday 4 until Sunday 25 October. The Synod has been informed by feedback from parishes on family life in Ireland, and from around the world. Please see below a link to answers to five frequently asked questions concerning the role of a Synod in the life of the Catholic Church:

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