Pope Paul celebrated Mass in the Sistine Chapel before over 200 of the Catholic Church's highest prelates on Friday (27 September) at the start of the Fourth World Synod of Bishops.
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MV and GV Pope celebrating Mass (2 shots)
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Background: Pope Paul celebrated Mass in the Sistine Chapel before over 200 of the Catholic Church's highest prelates on Friday (27 September) at the start of the Fourth World Synod of Bishops.
The chapel is probably the most famous of all the buildings within the Vatican City, which is the headquarters of the Roman Catholic Church. Like any other religious establishment in the world today, it is faced with the problems of the rapid and fundamental changes taking place in an increasingly materialistic society.
The theme to be discussed by the bishops, who have come from all over the world to meet for the Synod, is "Evangelisation is the Contemporary World". This is seen as a topic so general as to include virtually all aspects of the Catholic Church's activities. Many bishops feel that a radical change of direction is required from the Vatican itself - a change away from dogma towards a genuine effort to come to terms with today's realities and the problems faced by the faithful in five continents.
Behind the scenes during the coming four weeks of the Synod it seems inevitable that the bishops will be talking about a successor to the present Pope, who celebrated his 77th birthday on Thursday. He is said to be in poor health, with a painful disease that makes movement difficult for him.