Thursday, October 30, 2008

New synod council includes two North American cardinals

Before the world Synod of Bishops on the Bible ended, 12 members of the assembly were elected and three were appointed to the council that coordinates follow-up to the gathering and helps prepare the next Synod of Bishops.

The members of the Council of the General Secretariat of the Synod of Bishops also may assist Pope Benedict XVI in writing his post-synodal document.

The Vatican, publishing the names of the council members, did not distinguish between those elected by the 253 members of the Oct. 5-26 synod on the word of God and the three appointed by Pope Benedict.

The two members from North America are Cardinals Francis E. George of Chicago and Marc Ouellet of Quebec, who had served as the synod's recording secretary.

Three members of the Roman Curia will serve on the council: Nigerian Cardinal Francis Arinze, prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Sacraments; Cardinal Walter Kasper, president of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity; and Archbishop Gianfranco Ravasi, president of the Pontifical Council for Culture and principal author of the synod's final message.

The other members of the council are:

-- Cardinal Oscar Rodriguez Maradiaga of Tegucigalpa, Honduras.

-- Cardinal Peter Turkson of Cape Coast, Ghana.

-- Cardinal Joseph Zen Ze-kiun of Hong Kong.

-- Cardinal Odilo Scherer of Sao Paulo, Brazil.

-- Archbishop Laurent Monsengwo Pasinya of Kinshasa, Congo, special secretary of the synod.

-- Archbishop Thomas Menamparampil of Guwahati, India.

-- Archbishop Diarmuid Martin of Dublin, Ireland.

-- Archbishop Mark Coleridge of Canberra-Goulburn, Australia.

-- Romanian Bishop Florentin Crihalmeanu of Cluj-Gherla.

-- Bishop Luis Tagle of Imus, Philippines.

The next general meeting of the world Synod of Bishops is expected to take place in 2011.

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(Source: CNS)

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