Addressing members of the Council of the World Synod of Bishops, which had just ended a five-day meeting at the Vatican to discuss arrangements for the Synod which opens on
September 27, Pope Paul
said the Church's function was summarised and defined by the word evangelisation.
The principal topic for discussion at the Synod will he evangelisation.
Pope Paul said "The session on evangelisation interests the Church immensely. In fact, evangelisation should answer the legitimate questions posed by men: What is the Church doing: indeed, why does the Church exist?
"The Church exists to announce the Gospel of Jesus, the Son of God . . . The Church's very own function is summarise d ' and is defined by evangelisation."
North and Central American members of the Synod Council, elected from among the members of the 1971 Synod, included Cardinal Krol of Philadelphia, Cardinal Maurice Roy of Quebec, who served as president of the council and Archbishop Marcos McGrath of Panama.
Technically. the council remains in existence until the
Synod begins. but for all practical purposes its work is finished, and from now on preparations will be handled by the Synod Secretariat.
At their audience with the Pope, the 15-member Synod Council presented him its final recommendations for the gathering. The recommendations have not yet been disclosed because the Pope must study them before they are implemented.