Approximately 150 Catholic bishops attended the first weeklong session of the formation course in Rome, which ended Thursday.
The seminar, usually held annually, culminated in an audience with Pope Francis in the Vatican’s Clementine Hall on Sept. 8. The Vatican did not release any information about what was said in the meeting.
The theme of the 2022 edition was “to announce the Gospel in the changing epoch and after the pandemic: the service of bishop.”
The week began with Mass, said by Cardinal Pietro Parolin, the Vatican’s secretary of state.
The course, sometimes known by the lighthearted nickname “baby bishop school,” included talks on the topics of crisis management, especially in the context of abuse, social media, and canon law in diocesan administration.
Other themes covered were the meaning of a synodal Church, education for synodal leadership, and the Church after the pandemic.
The formation also addressed the holiness of bishops, family, and universal fraternity.
The course is held at the Pontifical Athenaeum Regina Apostolorum, a Catholic educational institute directed by the Legionaries of Christ, located about 4.5 miles from the Vatican.
Bishop Robert Marshall shared many photos on Facebook of his activities while he attended. You can see the photos and read about it on the Diocese of Alexandria’s Facebook page by scrolling further down this website or clicking this link: www.facebook.com/DioceseofAlexandria
Story by Hannah Brockhaus, Catholic News Service, Rome Newsroom, Sep 8, 2022 / 07:50 am