A Solemn Pontifical Mass presided over by His Holiness, Pope John Paul II and concelebrated by hundreds of Bishops and Priests from Africa and all over the world in St. Peter's Basilica, Rome, marked the opening of the Synod.

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Young ladies from Africa carrying offertory gifts to the Altar on 10 April, 1994, in St. Peter's Basilica, Rome.  This procession was accompanied by beautiful African music. It was said that, on that day, all the statues inside the Basilica "danced"!  
 Working session inside the Synod Hall in Paul VI Audience hall, Rome.


Sitting facing the audience, 
from left:
Cardinal Tzadua (Ethiopia), Cardinal Tumi (Cameroon), Cardinal Arinze (Nigeria), HOLY FATHER POPE JOHN PAUL II, Archbishop (later Cardinal) Schoke, etc. >>>>>