Berlin, Germany, Sep 24, 2019 / 15:00 pm
The apostolic nuncio to Germany has written to the country's bishops, comparing a recent letter from Pope Francis to German Catholics with a historic Nazi-era encyclical of Pius XI.
In a letter to mark the opening of the German bishops' conference's plenary session on Monday, Archbishop Nicola Eterovic reiterated the appeal of Pope Francis to the bishops that they focus on evangelization and maintain unity with the universal Church during their "binding synodal process."
In June, Francis wrote to German Catholics about the state of the Church in their country, and to offer his own priorities and methodology for the syndoal path being undertaken there.
The German bishops' plenary meeting runs from Sept. 23-25, at the end of which they will vote on draft statutes for the creation of a "Synodal Assembly."