VATICAN CITY, (C.M. Paul) – The Synod fathers (bishops) broke into 12 small groups, 24 October, to consider 57 propositions presented to the assembly on 23 October.
Cardinal Oswald Gracias, archbishop of Mumbai, moderated one of 12 groups with Archbishop Philip Tartaglia of Glasgow, as rapporteur of English-language group reviewing the English translation of the propositions.
The English spoken in the group is colored by Indian, Scottish, Thai, African, Ethiopian, Tongan, Filipino, Sri Lankan, and Malaysian accents and nuances adding rich color to the deliberations.
Concluding the day’s work Cardinal Gracias asked Archbishop Malayappan Chinnappa of Madras-Mylapore, India, to close with a prayer.
Rising to the occasion, Salesian archbishop Chinnappa mentioned that everyone has a charism from God that he or she can share for the good of the community. He said his gift was the joy of singing and he wanted to conclude the work by singing a Tamil song in praise and thanks to God.
“He broke into a beautiful song in his native language as his face was aglow with delight in sharing his music with us. Charisms can move hearts and he did move our hearts, a marvelous way to end our time together,” wrote Bishop Kicanas, of Tucson, Ariz., chairman of the board of Catholic Relief Services and is a former vice president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops member of the group.
Giving a glimpse of the goings on in their group, Bishop Kicanas wrote in his blog, “Our group went the longest, hopefully contributing substantially to the revision of the propositions. We had some great laughs and have come to appreciate one another’s company. A great rapport developed in the group and respect for one another grew. There was a comfortability between bishops, the men and women auditors and experts as well as the fraternal delegate, Rev. Dr. Timothy George of the Southern Baptist tradition who teaches at Beeson Divinity School in Birmingham, Alabama.”