Bishops Jürgen Johannesdotter (retired Schaumburg-Lippe, EKD) and Ole Christian Kvarme (Oslo, Church of Norway)
It was a challenging theme: we were reminded as bishops that a poor Church is a Church that is a friend of the poor, that knows their world, that puts them at the centre of her life. "Only if we are friends of the poor can we be a Church of all".
During our time in Rome snows covered the city, a sight not seen since 1985! The African bishops especially enjoyed this experience, but the centre of the city was unusually quiet and deserted as schools were cancelled and people stayed home rather than venture out in the icy conditions.