Nigerian bishops met with the leader of the Catholic church, Pope Francis, in Rome. The clerics gathered at the Vatican city for the Bishops Synod on the Youth in Rome.
More than 300 hundred participants have gathered in Rome, including clerics and religious, as well as 49 auditors, among them 36 young people from the five continents.
The bishops who are present for the Synod, did so either by virtue of their office, through election by the local bishops’ conference or the synod’s previous session, or because they were specially appointed by the pope.
Some bishops, including Chaput, have questioned the appropriateness of continuing with the synod as planned in the wake of the sexual abuse crises which have rocked the Church in the last few months.
Many concerns have also been raised that the synod itself might be pressured to focus disproportionately on so-called LGBT issues, much as the last synod, held on the family, was seen as fixating on the pastoral care of the divorced and civilly remarried.