Hundreds of synod delegates are meeting in a retreat center in Sacrofano, 20 miles north of Rome, for the three-day retreat ahead of the opening of the Synod on Synodality at the Vatican on Oct. 4.
The pilgrimage was held one day before the start of the Month of the Rosary in October and concluded a nine-month Rosary novena.
Speaking just days before the Oct. 4 opening of the 16th Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops, Cardinal Fernández predicted that those on both sides of the Church’s polarized wings will not get what they want, or fear.
Following his Gospel reflection on Oct. 1, the Pope spoke briefly about his forthcoming document on St. Thérèse, calling the Little Flower a saint of trust. He also touched on the beginning of the Month of the Rosary and promised his prayers for the people in Nagorno-Karabakh.
The college student told CNA she finds inspiration in her confirmation saint, Thérèse of Lisieux.
These vigils, now held on five continents, began in 1992 in Lisieux, in Normandy, France, where Thérèse spent her youth and years as a Carmelite.