Sunday, October 7, 2012

Pope Benedict XVI Opens Synod

Pope Benedict XVI leads a Mass for the opening of the synod of bishops in St. Peter square at the Vatican, Sunday, Oct. 7, 2012. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)

Above the altar from the central balcony of St Peter’s basilica hung two giant tapestries depicting St John of Avila and St Hildegard of Bingen. Reciting the solemn formula in Latin Pope Benedict XVI declared them both Doctors of the Universal Church.

Read the full text of Pope Benedict XVI’s Homily

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