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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.
By Edward Pentin, EWTN News, 1/15/20
Cardinal Claudio Hummes, the general relator of the Pan-Amazon Synod last October, has written a letter to bishops saying Pope Francis’ post-synodal apostolic exhortation is expected to be “promulgated by the end of this month or early February.”
The letter, which seeks to prepare bishops ahead of the publication of the exhortation, offers them some suggestions in order to “discreetly support you, as Ordinary, in communion with Pope Francis,” according to a copy obtained and published by the Italian Vaticanist, Aldo Maria Valli, and confirmed as authentic.
At the end of the missive is a list of related reading material that Cardinal Hummes recommends the bishops read, including the synod’s final document, Cardinal Hummes’ introductory report given at the synod, Francis’ final speech at the synod on Oct. 26, and two chapters of Francis’ environmental encyclical Laudato Si, in particular Chapter 6 on “ecological education and spirituality.”
The Pope is preparing the apostolic exhortation on the synod, which took place “under the guidance of the Holy Spirit,” Cardinal Hummes begins his letter. The exhortation will bear the same title as the synod’s preparatory document: New Paths for the Church and for an Integral Ecology. ….