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Peter and his brothers

· The Pope underlines the value of collegiality and communion expressed by the Synod of Bishops ·

It is necessary to revive the close relationship between the Pope and the bishops in the governance of the universal Church, searching for “ever deeper and more authentic forms in exercising synodal collegiality”. Pope Francis wrote this in a letter, in which he communicated to Cardinal Lorenzo Baldisseri, Secretary General of the Synod of Bishops, his decision to raise the Undersecretary to the dignity of a bishop.

Almost 50 years have passed since the Synod of Bishops was established. the Pope said, affirming his desire to “value this precious heritage of the Council.” “I am very grateful to those, who through their generous, diligent and competent work,” he writes, “have assured during all these years that the synodal institution contributes to the essential dialogue between Peter and his brothers”. He continued: “I would like to express my special recognition to you, Your Eminence, to the Members of the various Councils, to the Superiors and to the Officials of the Secretariat General, those present and past. Now, in order to make manifest the most appreciated service of this organization

favouring the episcopal collegiality with the Bishop of Rome, I have decided to appoint the

Undersecretary a bishop. In this way, the Undersecretary, who is already collaborating with you, Your Eminence in developing the synodal activity, in virtue of the Episcopal Order will mirror that affective and effective communion which constitutes the primary purpose of the Synod of Bishops.”

The Pope appointed Msgr Fabio Fabene as Bishop, assigning him the titular episcopal see of Acquapendente. Bishop-elect Fabene has been Undersecretary of the Synod of Bishop since 8 February.




St. Peter’s Square

Feb. 22, 2020