Standing at the Holy Father’s side immediately after his election in 2013, the late cardinal’s presence was a powerful sign of things to come.
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In a letter circulated privately to bishops, the Brazilian cardinal advises the document is on schedule to be promulgated later this month or in early February.
Despite last week’s meeting of some synod fathers with six left-wing Brazilian politicians, Paolo Ruffini said that ‘nothing in the synod can be interpreted in a political manner.’
According to Matteo Bruni, the cardinal and the synod’s ‘special secretaries’ are principally responsible for the text of the final report.
Forty synod fathers met Sunday to celebrate Mass in the same catacombs in Rome and to sign a new pact advancing some of the same principles.
Both cardinals wrote letters Aug. 28 to address their concerns.