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Vatican publishes list of participants in October gathering.

The Vatican has published a list of participants of October’s synod on the family—253 men and women representing the Universal Church to discuss and reflect on the theme “Pastoral challenges to the family in the context of evangelization.”

Cardinal Luis Antonio G. Tagle of Manila, one of the three delegate presidents of the Extraordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops, meeting Oct. 5-19, spoke with Vatican Radio. He underscored that this assembly is the first part of a two-phase process and its purpose is to offer a place for discussion and reflection rather than decision making.

“This first gathering, according to the Holy Father will set the status quaestionis. With the help of experts and observers we want to see the situation of the family in different parts of the world.  Attending the preparatory meetings one thing I realized is the diversity of the situations and pastoral challenges and it’s exciting to see how the one Gospel, the one Truth that we hold on to can be expressed pastorally in diverse ways.”

Presenting the list of participants to the press at the Vatican Tuesday, Cardinal Lorenzo Baldisseri, secretary general of the Synod of Bishops, said the Extraordinary General Assembly of 2014 and the Ordinary General Assembly of 2015 represent “a new working methodology” for the Synod of Bishops “rendering the process more dynamic and participatory, with speeches and testimonials, always with a view to continuity towards the second stage, after which the Synod document will be published.”

Participants from all five continents include 114 presidents of Episcopal Conferences, 13 heads of the ‘sui iuris’ Eastern Catholic Churches, 25 heads of the dicasteries of the Roman Curia, nine members of the Ordinary Council of the Secretariat, the secretary general, the under-secretary, three nominees from the Union of Superior Generals, and 26 pontifical nominees. Other participants include eight fraternal delegates, 38 auditors, including 13 married couples, and 16 experts.

 A. LIST OF SYNOD FATHERS ACCORDING TO ORDER OF PARTICIPATION

I. President

FRANCESCO, Supreme Pontiff

II. Secretary GENERAL

– Cardinal Lorenzo BALDISSERI

III. DELEGATE presidents

Cardinals André VINGT-TROIS, archbishop of Paris, France, Luis Antonio G. TAGLE, archbishop of Manila, Philippines, Raymundo Damasceno ASSIS, archbishop of Aparecida, president of the Episcopal Conference of Brazil.

IV. RELATOR GENERAL

Cardinal Péter Erdő, archbishop of Esztergom-Budapest, president of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Hungary, president of the Consilium Conferentiarum Episcoporum Europae (C.C.E.E.)

V. SPECIAL SECRETARY

– Archbishop Bruno FORTE of Chieti-Vasto, Italy

VI. COMMISSION FOR THE MESSAGE

President

– Cardinal Gianfranco RAVASI, president of the Pontifical Council for Culture, Vatican City

Vice president

– Archbishop Victor Manuel FERNÁNDEZ, rector of the Pontifical Catholic University of Argentina, Argentina

VII. THE ORIENTAL CATHOLIC CHURCHES

Synod of the Coptic Catholic Church

His Beatitude Ibrahim Isaac SIDRAK, Patriarch of Alexandria of the Copts, Head of the Synod of the Coptic Catholic Church

Synod of the Greek Melkite Catholic Church

His Beatitude Grégoire III LAHAM, B.S., Patriarch of Antioch of the Greek-Melkites, Head of the Synod of the Greek-Melkite Catholic Church

Synod of the Syriac Catholic Church

His Beatitude Ignace Youssif III YOUNAN, Patriarch of Antioch of the Syrians, Head of the Synod of the Syriac Catholic Church

Synod of the Maronite Catholic Church

His Beatitude Cardinal Bechara Boutros RAÏ, O.M.M., Patriarch of Antioch of the Maronites, Head of the Synod of the Maronite Catholic Church

Synod of the Chaldean Catholic Church

His Beatitude Louis Raphaël I SAKO, Patriarch of Babylon of the Chaldeans, Head of the Synod of the Chaldean Catholic Church

Synod of the Armenian Catholic Church

His Beatitude Nerses Bedros XIX TARMOUNI, Patriarch of Cilicia of the Armenians, Head of the Synod of the Armenian Catholic Church

Synod of the Greek-Catholic Ukrainian Church

His Beatitude Sviatoslav SHEVCHUK, major archbishop of Kyiv-Halyč, Head of the Synod of the Greek-Catholic Ukrainian Church

Synod of the Syro-Malabar Church

His Beatitude Cardinal George ALENCHERRY, major archbishop of Ernakulam-Angamaly of the Syro-Malabars, resident of the Synod of the Syro-Malabar Church

Synod of the Syro-Malankars

His Beatitude, Cardinal Baselios Cleemis THOTTUNKAL, major archbishop of Trivandrum of the Syro-Malankars, president of the Synod of the Syro-Malankar Church, president of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of India (C.B.C.I.)

Synod of the Romanian Church

His Beatitude, Cardinal Lucian Mureşan, major archbishop of Făgăraş şi Alba Iulia of the Romanians, Head of the Synod of the Romanian Church

Council of the Ethiopian Church

– Archbishop Berhaneyesus Demerew SOURAPHIEL, C.M. of Addis Abeba, president of the Council of the Ethiopian Church, president of the Assembly of Catholic Hierarchs of Ethiopia and Eritrea

Council of the Ruthenian Catholic Church, U.S.A.Archbishop William Charles SKURLA, metropolitan of Pittsburgh of the Byzantines, president of the Council of the Ruthenian Catholic Church

Council of the Council of the Slovak Church

Archbishop Jan BABJAK, S.J., metropolitan of Prešov for Catholics of Byzantine rite, president of the Council of the Slovak Church

VIII. PRESIDENTS OF THE EPISCOPAL CONFERENCES

AFRICA

ANGOLA and SÃO TOMÉ

Archbishop Gabriel MBILINGI, C.S.SP., of Lubango, Angola, president of the Symposium des Conférences Episcopales d’Afrique et de Madagascar (S.C.E.A.M.)

BENIN

Bishop Eugéne Cyrille HOUNDÉKON of Abomey, deputy president of the Episcopal Conference

BOTSWANA, SOUTH AFRICA AND SWAZILAND

Archbishop Stephen BRISLIN of Cape Town, Kaapstad, South Africa

BURKINA FASO AND NIGER

Archbishop Paul Yembuado OUÉDRAOGO of Bobo-Dioulasso, Burkina Faso

BURUNDI

Bishop Gervais BANSHIMIYUBUSA of Ngozi

CAMEROON

Archbishop Samuel KLEDA of Douala

CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC

Archbishop Dieudonné NZAPALAINGA, C.S.SP., of Bangui

CHAD

Bishop Jean-Claude BOUCHARD, O.M.I., of Pala

CONGO (Republic of)

Bishop Louis PORTELLA MBUYU of Kinkala

CONGO (Rep. Democrática del)

Bishop Nicolas DJOMO LOLA of Tshumbe

COTE D’IVOIRE

Archbishop Alexis TOUABLI YOULO of Agboville

EQUATORIAL GUINEA

Bishop Juan MATOGO OYANA, C.M.F., of Bata, deputy president of the Episcopal Conference

ETHIOPIA AND ERITREA

Archbishop Berhaneyesus Demerew SOURAPHIEL, C.M., of Addis Abeba, president of the Council of the Ethiopian Church

GABON

Bishop Mathieu MADEGA LEBOUAKEHAN of Mouila

GAMBIA AND SIERRA LEONE

Bishop Patrick Daniel KOROMA of Kenema

GHANA

Bishop Joseph OSEI-BONSU of Konongo-Mampong

GUINEA

Bishop Emmanuel FÉLÉMOU of Kankan

INDIAN OCEAN (C.E.D.O.I.)

Bishop Maurice PIAT, C.S.SP., of Port-Louis, Seychelles

KENYA

Cardinal John NJUE, archbishop of Nairobi

LESOTHO

Archbishop Gerard Tlali LEROTHOLI, O.M.I., of Maseru

LIBERIA

Bishop Anthony Fallah BORWAH of Gbarnga, deputy president of the Episcopal Conference

MADAGASCAR

Archbishop Desire TSARAHAZANA of Toamasina

MALAWI

Bishop Joseph Mukasa ZUZA of Mzuzu

MALI

Bishop Jean-Baptiste TIAMA of Sikasso

MOZAMBIQUE

Bishop Lúcio Andrice MUANDULA of Xai-Xai

NAMIBIA

Archbishop Liborius Ndumbukuti NASHENDA, O.M.I., of Windhoek

NIGERIA

Archbishop Ignatius Ayau KAIGAMA of Jos

NORTH AFRICA (C.E.R.N.A.)

Archbishop Vincent LANDEL, S.C.I. of Béth., of Rabat, Morocco

RWANDA

Bishop Smaragde MBONYINTEGE of Kabgayi

SENEGAL, MAURITANIA, CAPO VERDE AND GUINEA-BISSAU

Bishop Benjamin NDIAYE of Kaolack, Senegal

SUDAN

Cardinal Gabriel ZUBEIR WAKO, archbishop of Khartoum

TANZANIA

Bishop Tarcisius NGALALEKUMTWA of Iringa

TOGO

Bishop Benoit Comlan M. ALOWONOU of Kpalime

UGANDA

Archbishop John Baptist ODAMA of Gulu

ZAMBIA

Archbishop Ignatius CHAMA of Kasama, apostolic administrator “sede vacante et ad nutum Sanctae Sedis” of Mpika

ZIMBABWE

Bishop Michael Dixon BHASERA of Masvingo

AMERICA

ANTILLES

Archbishop Patrick Christopher PINDER of Nassau, Trinidad and Tobago

ARGENTINA

Archbishop José María ARANCEDO of Santa Fe da la Vera Cruz

BOLIVIA

Archbishop Oscar Omar APARICIO CÉSPEDES, Military Ordinary of Bolivia

BRAZIL

Cardinal Raymundo Damasceno ASSIS, archbishop of Aparecida

CANADA

Archbishop Paul-André DUROCHER Gatineau

CHILE

Cardinal Ricardo EZZATI ANDRELLO, S.D.B., archbishop of Santiago de Chile

COLOMBIA

Archbishop Luis Augusto CASTRO QUIROGA, I.M.C., Tunja

COSTA RICA

Bishop Oscar Gerardo FERNÁNDEZ GUILLÉN of Puntarenas

CUBA

Archbishop Dionisio Guillermo GARCÍA IBÁÑEZ, of Santiago de Cuba

ECUADOR

Archbishop Fausto Gabriel TRÁVEZ TRÁVEZ, O.F.M., of Quito

EL SALVADOR

Archbishop Jose Luis ESCOBAR ALAS of San Salvador

GUATEMALA

Bishop Rodolfo VALENZUELA NÚÑEZ of Vera Paz

HAITI

Cardinal Chibly LANGLOIS, bishop of Les Cayes

HONDURAS

Cardinal Oscar A. RODRÍGUEZ MARADIAGA, S.D.B., archbishop of Tegucigalpa

MEXICO

Cardinal Francisco ROBLES ORTEGA, archbishop of Guadalajara

NICARAGUA

Bishop Sócrates René SÁNDIGO JIRÓN, of Juigalpa

PANAMA

Archbishop José Domingo ULLOA MENDIETA, O.S.A., of Panamá

PARAGUAY

Bishop Catalino Claudio GIMÉNEZ MEDINA, of the Schoenstatt Fathers, bishop of Caacupe

PERU

Archbishop Salvador PIÑEIRO GARCÍA-CALDERÓN of Ayacucho

PUERTO RICO

Archbishop Roberto Octavio GONZÁLEZ NIEVES, O.F.M., of San Juan de Puerto Rico

REPUBLICA DOMINICANA

Bishop Gregorio Nicanor PEÑA RODRÍGUEZ of Nuestra Senora de la Altagracia en Higüey

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

Archbishop Joseph Edward KURTZ of Louisville

URUGUAY

Bishop Rodolfo Pedro WIRZ KRAEMER of Maldonado-Punta del Este

VENEZUELA

Archbishop Diego R. PADRÓN SÁNCHEZ of Cumaná

ASIA

ARAB STATES

His Beatitude Fouad TWAL, Patriarch of Jerusalem of the Latins

BANGLADESH

Archbishop Patrick D’ROZARIO, C.S.C., of Dhaka

CHINA

Archbishop John HUNG SHAN-CHUAN, S.V.D., of Taipei

EAST TIMOR

Bishop Basílio DO NASCIMENTO of Baucau

INDIA (C.C.B.I.)

Cardinal Oswald GRACIAS, Archbishop of Bombay, president of the Federation of Asian Bishops’ Conferences (F.A.B.C.)

INDONESIA

Archbishop Ignatius SUHARYO HARDJOATMODJO of Jakarta

IRAN

Archbishop Thomas MERAM of Urmyā (Rezayeh)of the Chaldeans, deputy president of the Episcopal Conference

JAPAN

Archbishop Peter Takeo OKADA of Tokyo

KAZAKHSTAN

Archbishop Tomash PETA of Mary Most Holy in Astana

KOREA

Bishop Peter KANG U-IL of Cheju

LAOS and CAMBODIA

Bishop Louis-Marie Ling MANGKHANEKHOUN, Apostolic Vicar of Paksé (Laos)

MALAYSIA – SINGAPUR – BRUNEI

Archbishop John HA TIONG HOCK of Kuching, Malaysia

MYANMAR

Bishop Felix LIAN KHEN THANG of Kalay

PAKISTAN

Archbishop Joseph COUTTS of Karachi

PHILIPPINES

Archbishop Socrates B. VILLEGAS of Lingayen-Dagupan

SRI LANKA

Cardinal Albert Malcom Ranjith PATABENDIGE DON of Colombo

THAILAND

Archbishop Louis CHAMNIERN SANTISUKNIRAN of Thare and Nonseng

VIETNAM

Archbishop Paul Bùi Văn Ðoc, archbishop coadjutor of Thành-Phô Hô Chí Minh

EUROPA

ALBANIA

Archbishop Angelo MASSAFRA, O.F.M., of Shkodrë-Pult

AUSTRIA

Cardinal Christoph SCHÖNBORN, O.P., archbishop of Vienna

BELGIUM

Archbishop André LÉONARD of Mechelen-Brussels

BELORUS

Archbishop Tadeusz KONDRUSIEWICZ of Minsk-Mohilev, deputy president of the Episcopal Conference

BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA

Bishop Franjo KOMARICA of Banja Luka

BULGARIA

Bishop Christo PROYKOV, apostolic exarch of Sofia for Catholics of Byzantine Rite resident in Bulgaria

CROATIA

Cardinal Josip Bozanić, archbishop of Zagreb, deputy president of the Episcopal Conference

CZECH REPUBLIC

Archbishop Jan GRAUBNER of Olomouc, deputy president of the Episcopal Conference

RUSSIAN FEDERATION

Archbishop Paolo PEZZI, F.S.C.B., of Mother of God at Moscow

FRANCE

Archbishop Georges PONTIER of Marseilles

GERMANY

Cardinal Reinhard MARX, archbishop of Munich and Freising

GREAT BRITAIN:

ENGLAND AND WALES

Cardinal Vincent Gerard NICHOLS, archbishop of Westminster, England

SCOTLAND

Archbishop Philip TARTAGLIA of Glasgow

GREECE

Bishop Franghískos PAPAMANÓLIS, O.F.M. Cap., emeritus of Syros and Milos and of Santorini

HUNGARY

Cardinal Péter Erdő, archbishop of Esztergom-Budapest, president of the Consilium Conferentiarum Episcoporum Europae (C.C.E.E.)

INTERNATIONAL BISHOPS’ CONFERENCE OF SAINTS CYRIL AND METHODIUS

Archbishop Zef GASHI, S.D.B., of Bar, Serbia

IRELAND

Archbishop Diarmuid MARTIN of Dublin, deputy president of the Episcopal Conference

ITALY

Cardinal Angelo BAGNASCO, archbishop of Genoa

LATVIA

Archbishop Zbigņev Stankevičs of Riga, deputy president of the Episcopal Conference

LITHUANIA

Bishop Rimantas NORVILA of Vilkaviškis, deputy president of the Episcopal Conference

MALTA

Bishop Mario GRECH of Gozo

NETHERLANDS

Cardinal Willem Jacobus EIJK, archbishop of Utrecht

POLAND

Archbishop Stanisław Gądecki, archbishop of Poznań

PORTUGAL

Msgr. Manuel José MACÁRIO DO Nascimento CLEMENTE, Patriarch of Lisbon

ROMANIA

Archbishop Ioan ROBU of Bucharest

SCANDINAVIA

Bishop Anders ARBORELIUS, O.C.D., of Stockholm, Sweden

SLOVAKIA

Archbishop Stanislav ZVOLENSKÝ of Bratislava

SLOVENIA

Bishop Andrej GLAVAN of Novo Mesto

SPAIN

Archbishop Ricardo BLÁZQUEZ PÉREZ of Valladolid

SWITZERLAND

Bishop Markus BÜCHEL of Sankt Gallen

TURKEY

Archbishop Ruggero FRANCESCHINI, O.F.M. CAP., of Izmir

UKRAINE

Archbishop Mieczysław MOKRZYCKI of Lviv of the Latins

OCEANIA

AUSTRALIA

Archbishop Denis James HART of Melbourne

NEW ZEALAND

Archbishop John Atcherley DEW of Wellington, president of the Federation of Catholic Bishops’ Conferences of Oceania (F.C.B.C.O)

PACIFIC

Bishop Soane Patita Paini MAFI of Tonga, Fiji

PAPUA NEW GUINEA AND SOLOMON ISLANDS

Bishop Arnold OROWAE of Wabag, Papua New Guinea

IX. NOMINEES FROM THE UNION OF SUPERIOR GENERALS

Rev. Fr. Adolfo NICOLÁS PACHÓN, S.J., prepositor general of the Society of Jesus

Rev. Fr. Mauro JÖHRI, O.F.M. Cap., minister general of the Order of Friars Minor Capuchin

Rev. Fr. Mario ALDEGANI, C.S.I., father general of the Congregation of St. Joseph (Josephites of Murialdo)

X. HEADS OF THE DICASTERIES OF THE ROMAN CURIA

Cardinal Pietro PAROLIN, Secretary of State

Cardinal Gerhard Ludwig MÜLLER, prefect of the Congregration for the Doctrine of the Faith

Cardinal Leonardo SANDRI, prefect of the Congregration for the Oriental Churches

Cardinal Angelo AMATO, S.D.B., prefect of the Congregration for the Causes of Saints

Cardinal Marc OUELLET, P.S.S., prefect of the Congregration for Bishops

Cardinal Fernando FILONI, prefect of the Congregration for the Evangelisation of Peoples

Cardinal Beniamino STELLA, prefect of the Congregration for the Clergy

Cardinal João Braz de AVIZ, prefect of the Congregration for the Institutes of Consecrated Life and the Societies of Apostolic Life

Cardinal Zenon GROCHOLEWSKI, prefect of the Congregration for Catholic Education

Cardinal Mauro PIACENZA, major penitentiary

Cardinal Raymond Leo BURKE, prefect of the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura

Cardinal Stanisław Ryłko, prefect of the Pontifical Council for the Laity

Cardinal Kurt KOCH, prefect of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity

Archbishop Vincenzo PAGLIA, bishop emeritus of Terni-Narni-Amelia, president of the Pontifical Council for the Family

Cardinal Peter Kodwo Appiah TURKSON, prefect of the Pontifical Council “Justice and Peace”

Cardinal Robert SARAH, prefect of the Pontifical Council “Cor Unum”

Cardinal Antonio Maria VEGLIÒ, president of the Pontifical Council for Migrants and Itinerant Peoples

Archbishop Zygmunt ZIMOWSKI, bishop emeritus of Radom, president of the Pontifical Council for the Pastoral Care of Health Care Workers

Cardinal Francesco COCCOPALMERIO, president of the Pontifical Council for Legislative Texts.Cardinal Jean-Louis TAURAN, president of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue

Cardinal Gianfranco RAVASI, president of the Pontifical Council for Culture

Archbishop Claudio Maria CELLI, president of the Pontifical Council for Social Communications

Archbishop Salvatore FISICHELLA, president of the Pontifical Council for Promoting New Evangelisation

Cardinal Domenico CALCAGNO, president of the Administration of the Patrimony of the Apostolic See

Cardinal Giuseppe VERSALDI, president of the Prefecture for the Economic Affairs of the Holy See

XI. MEMBERS OF THE ORDINARY COUNCIL

Cardinal Timothy Michael DOLAN, archbishop of New York, U.S.A.

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