By Edward Pentin

Daniel Ibanez
Cardinal Gualtiero Bassetti, president of the Italian Episcopal Conference, (L) listens while Pope Francis addressed bishops from 19 Mediterranean countries on the final day of a meeting entitled “Mediterranean frontier of peace” in Bari, Italy, Jan. 22, 2020.

The five-year plan for the Italian Church is seen as a long-held wish to build on a 1976 national conference that aimed to give the laity a greater voice.

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