Pope Paul has led the Roman Catholic Bishops attending the Fourth World Synod in Rome in their morning prayers.
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Background: Pope Paul has led the Roman Catholic Bishops attending the Fourth World Synod in Rome in their morning prayers. The gathering -- on Thursday (17 October) -- was attended by some of the Catholic Church's highest prelates, including many Cardinals.
After three weeks of debate on the theme of "Evangelisation in the Contemporary World" the Synod has made little progress towards a declaration on the problems confronting the Catholic Church.
Pope Paul has sat in on most of the plenary sessions and has called for a modern outlook from the Roman Catholic Church in fulfilling its mission of spreading the Gospel.
However, the Vatican has itself cast doubts on the likelihood of striking results from this meeting of two hundred Bishops from the five continents. This is because many differing points of view have arisen. Bishops from the Third World have called for increased freedom from Rome to decide how to conduct Church affairs in newly-independent nations and have complained bitterly of theological speculation coming from Europe.
There has also been speculation about possible successors to Pope Paul, who is 76 and not in the best of health.
SYNOPSIS: There has also been speculation about possible successors to Pope Paul who is 76 and not in the best of health. The Conservatives would like a man who would uphold the centralised prestige of the Church, the Liberals want someone to make the Church simpler and more fraternal.