"The Synod journey is far from over; in some ways an important new phase is only beginning. But we are much better equipped ... this doesn't mean we have a detailed road-map; but Abrahamic journeys never do. They require instead a listening of another and deeper kind."
27 October 2015, by Archbishop Coleridge
Into St Peter's we marched yesterday to close the Synod that had opened three weeks ago. It seemed like three months. When I made it to my place and sat down, I felt a fatigue come over me – probably the let-down after the intensity and sheer hard work of the Synod journey. Then I felt a tap on my shoulder, thinking it was either my guardian angel or an MC telling me I was in the wrong place. But no: it was the Australian Ambassador to the Holy See who'd been sitting in the front row in all his finery and then saw me take my place. He needed to speak with me. Under Pope Francis, it seems, diplomatic formalities aren't what they used to be. No one stays in their proper place any more. All these surprises can be exhausting.