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LARGEST GATHERING OF BISHOPS SINCE VATICAN II

VATICAN, Oct. 5, 00 (CWNews.com) -- An estimated 1,400 bishops from all over the world will participate in the Jubilee for bishops, being held in Rome this weekend. 
The Congregation for Bishops, which is organizing the event, reports that 1,221 bishops have formally registered to participate. Others are expected to arrive at the last moment. 
Many of these bishops have already begun to arrive in Rome. They will be joined there by the bishops from the surrounding Italian dioceses, and the more than 200 bishops who work in the Roman Curia. 
There are 4,440 bishops in the Catholic Church. Of these, 3,500 are active; the others are retired because of age or ill health. Thus one-third of the world's active bishops are expected to participate in the Jubilee. This makes the observance the largest gathering of the world's bishops since the Second Vatican Council. (There were about 2,400 bishops present at the opening of that Council.)  
The Italian episcopal delegation will be the largest, followed by the Brazilian delegation of 189 bishops. The other most numerous groups will be from the United States (90), Philippines (76), Poland (41), Spain and India (39 each), and Congo and Argentina (30 each). 

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