Saturday, October 10, 2009

Female Bishops Attend Synod

Two women who have been invited to participate in the Synod of Bishops for Africa are expressing enthusiasm at being able to add their feminine genius into the mix.

Spaniard Myriam García Abrisqueta, president of "Manos Unidas" (United Hands), is one of these women who was asked to join the Second Special Assembly for Africa of the Synod of Bishops, which began Sunday in the Vatican and will end Oct. 25.

Abrisqueta explained to ZENIT the responsibility that she feels in participating as an auditor in the synod, and sharing her particular experience in working in Africa.

Another participant, Sister Elisa Kidanè, general councilor of the Comboni Missionary Sisters, will attend the synod as an "expert."

Speaking last Thursday in Rome, at the Palazzo Valentini, in a conference on the importance of the bishops' gathering, Sister Kidanè stated that "many of the failures of missionary work in the 20th century were to be ascribed to the lack of consideration of the feminine element."

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