October 18, 2018

Author Archive | Archbishop Anthony Fisher OP

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Archbishop Anthony Fisher OP: Synod on Youth Blog Day 12

We began as usual with the Divine Office chanted in Latin. Cardinal Ribat of Port Moresby was in the chair. The Relator-General (our discussion facilitator) summed up the conclusions of Part II. He noted that at Cardinal Baldisseri’s behest the small groups had focused more on substantive theological matters than on modifying the wording of […]

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Archbishop Anthony Fisher OP: Synod on Youth Blog Day 10

For the first several minutes of the Synod’s General Congregation today, the English translation didn’t work. Various Synod fathers tried waving to the chairman, the translation booths or the assistants, who simply waved back and kept talking (or miming)… With at least a third of us being Anglophones, we can only hope it was nothing […]

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Archbishop Anthony Fisher OP: Synod on Youth Blog – Canonisation

Today in the scorching Roman sun I attended the canonisation of seven saints, including most famously Pope Paul VI and Archbishop Oscar Romero. Less well-known to Australians is St Nunzio Sulprizio who lived 1817-36 and was beatified by his now fellow saint, Pope Paul VI, in 1963. Nunzio was an orphan and exploited by an uncle […]

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Archbishop Anthony Fisher OP: Synod on Youth Blog Days 7 and 8

One Cardinal told the stories of various young people whose heroic YES to Christ inspires us all today. There is every cause to hope that bold young people today will do likewise. Another spoke about mentoring. The Fathers read the story of the Good Samaritan as Christ redeeming fallen humanity. We have been in the […]

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Archbishop Anthony Fisher OP: Synod on Youth Blog Day 6

  Here are some notes and impressions from this morning’s small group reports: 1. “Meaningful questions and sensible answers” rooted in Christ who is the Way, the Truth and the Life of young people. This was the call of the first circle. Inter-generational relationships, its members observed, are developed by one generation daring to trust […]

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Archbishop Anthony Fisher OP: Synod on Youth Blog Days 4 and 5

We have spent Saturday and Monday at the Synod in our ‘circoli minori’ or small groups (one wag translated it as ‘minor circuses’). This is how it happens: About 20 or so bishops, experts and young people from many different countries (who speak English of one kind or another), gather in a makeshift meeting room. […]

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Archbishop Anthony Fisher OP: Synod on Youth Blog Day 3

Today, bishops from around the world continued to explain the great range of challenges currently facing their young. For example, the mass movement of people around our world today is largely a migration of young people who face many challenges of changed circumstances, integration and identity, including spiritually. One bishop pointed to the sociological evidence […]

Archbishop Anthony Fisher OP relaxes outside his hospital room. The last few months have seen him engaged in daily rehabilitation as he recovers from Guillain Barré Syndrome. Photo: Giovanni Portelli

Archbishop Anthony Fisher OP: Synod on Youth Blog Day 2

Today I presented the Holy Father with my book My dear young friend: Letters on youth, faith and future. I hope he finds time to read it! I was also elected to the Synod’s Communications – Information Commission, as a representative of Oceania. A young woman addressed the Synod fathers about her journey of discerning […]

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Archbishop Anthony Fisher OP: Synod on Youth Blog Day 1

In the opening Mass of the Synod on Youth the Holy Father took particular comfort in the Lord’s promise to accompany us in our missionary work with the gift of the Holy Spirit (Jn 14:26; Lk 24:32). He said that the dreams and hopes of young people can also be infectious and help renew the […]