Bishop Donal McKeown is the bishop of Derry which covers almost all of County Derry, parts of Counties Donegal and Tyrone and a very small area across the River Bann in County Antrim and he joins John and Shane on this weeks programme.
From 3rd - 28th October 2018 Bishop Donal was one of the Irish representatives at the Synod of Bishops meeting being held in Rome. The Synod of Bishops was established by Pope Paul VI in 1965, shortly after the close of the Second Vatican Council, to continue the spirit of collegiality and communion that was present at the Council. The Synod is an assembly of bishops from around the world who assist the Holy Father by providing counsel on important questions facing the Church in a manner that preserves the Church's teaching and strengthens her internal discipline. On average it meets every three years and this years Synod was focused on Young People, the Faith and Vocational Discernment.
Bishop Donal takes us through his experience of the Synod and the issues and topics that arose both from the bishops but also the youth participants on the floor of the Synod. He talks us through the documents and ideas which have been put forward as we wait now for Pope Francis to publish his final document arising from the Synod.