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Tuesday, October 27, 2009
Archbishop Wilton D. Gregory Returns from African Synod in Rome
ATLANTA — Archbishop Wilton D. Gregory just returned from Rome where he served as the only American bishop to participate in the Second Special Assembly for Africa of the Synod Bishops held in the Vatican from October 4 to 25, 2009. Pope Benedict XVI convened the Special Assembly to underline the Church's dedication to fighting the injustices in Africa, by continuing in its evangelization mission and its charitable works. The focus of the synod was on the theme: "The Church in Africa at the Service of Reconciliation, Justice and Peace. You are the salt of the earth ... you are the light of the world."
On Sunday, October 25th, 2009, His Holiness, Pope Benedict XVI, celebrated Holy Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica for the close of the synod on Africa. Rev. Mr. Michael Silloway, a transitional deacon of the Archdiocese of Atlanta, was selected to serve and chant the gospel reading. Deacon Michael is currently in his fourth year of priestly formation at the Pontifical North American College. Rev. Mr. Silloway can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org for interviews describing his experience and how this opportunity has influenced his priestly formation.