At the opening of the Tenth General Congregation intervened,
the President of the Commission for the Message H. Exc. Mons. Cyrille Salim BUSTROS,
S.M.S.P., Archbishop of Newton of the Greek-Melkites (UNITED STATES OF AMERICA) and
the Vice President H. Exc. Mons. William Hanna SHOMALI, Titular Bishop of Lydda, Auxiliary
Bishop of Jerusalem of the Latins (JERUSALEM) , for the reading in french of the draft
of the Message (Nuntius), drawn in french and arabe.
At Synodal assemblies,
it has been the practice to publish a Nuntius (Message) addressed to the People of
God, particularly to the various categories of persons directly associated with the
Synod’s topic. Pastoral in nature, the Nuntius’ purpose is to encourage the People
of God to respond faithfully to their proper vocation, and to praise them for the
efforts already being made.
DISCUSSION ON THE SCHEME OF THE MESSAGE Then,
a discussion took place on the draft of the Message, presented by the President of
the Commission for the preparation of the Message.
After noting the observations
of the Assembly during the discussion in the Hall, the Commission for the Message
prepares the definitive text which is later submitted to the Assembly for its approval.
The definitive text of the Nuntius is published at the end of the synod’s work and
is reported in the different linguistic edition of the Synodus Episcoporum Bullettin.
PRO CONSILIO After the break, the first vote in electronic form took place for
the election of the Members of the Special Council for the Middle East of the General
Secretariat of the Synod of Bishops.
In the same way as in the Ordinary General
Assembly, at the end of the Special Assembly a Special Council of the General Secretariat
is constituted. Like the Ordinary Councils, it is formed of Members elected by the
Special Assembly, with added Members nominated by the Roman Pontiff.
of the Members takes place by secret ballot and becomes legally binding when, the
void votes having been subtracted, an absolute majority of voters is in favor, or,
after the first unresolved ballot, a relative majority is obtained at the second.
If the votes are equal, C.I.C., can. 119, 1st applies.
The Members of the Special
Council of the Secretary General hold office for a period of five years, at the end
of which the Roman Pontiff will decide on the extension of the council and confirm
this or the substitution of its Members.
The Council of the Secretary General
will collaborate with Secretary General in giving advice for carrying out what has
been proposed by the Synod and approved by the Roman Pontiff, and on other questions
assigned to it by the Roman Pontiff.
The Members of the Council of the Secretary
General are called together twice a year by the Secretary General as well as on any
other occasion when, in the judgment of the Roman Pontiff, it is opportune.