(Bishop of Rouyn-Noranda, Canada)
Cardinal Thiandoum underlined the fact that it is with the universal Church, a communion Church, that he wished to see the progress of this Synod.
We have received many of you. Historic
grace of having received those that are ours made it possible for the birth
and growth of a missionary spirit in our local Churches which yet exists.
We still await much: of your work of reflection and action in the realm
of inculturation, of the multiple experiences of formation and involvement
of the laity in the mission of the Church, of the way traced by your "living
ecclesial communities". We are stimulated by your youth and your joyful
I will witness to your fraternity,
solidarity and vitality of your Churches to my brother Bishops and to all
our Christian community in Canada.
Original text: French