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Synod: The Church Assembles for the Family

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Vatican Radio - published on 09/13/14

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

Msgr. Bruno FORTE, archbishop of Chieti-Vasto, Italy

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

Cardinal Laurent MONSENGWO PASINYA, archbishop of Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo

Cardinal Wilfrid Fox NAPIER, O.F.M., archbishop of Durban, South Africa

Cardinal George PELL, prefect of the Secretariat of the Economy, Vatican City

Cardinal Odilo Pedro SCHERER, archbishop of São Paulo, Brazil

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

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

Bishop Santiago Jaime SILVA RETAMALES, auxiliary of Valparaíso, Chile, secretary general of the Latin American and Caribbean Bishops’ Conferences (C.E.L.AM.)

Cardinal Luis Antonio G. TAGLE, archbishop of Manila, Philippines

Cardinal Donald William WUERL, archbishop of Washington, U.S.A.

Cardinal Peter Kodwo Appiah TURKSON, president of the Pontifical Council “Justice and Peace”, Vatican City

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


Cardinal Angelo SODANO, dean of the College of Cardinals, Vatican City

Cardinal Godfried DANNEELS, archbishop emeritus of Mechelen-Brussels, Belgium

Cardinal Walter KASPER, president emeritus of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, Vatican City

Cardinal Angelo SCOLA, archbishop of Milan, Italy

Cardinal Carlo CAFFARRA, archbishop of Bologna, Italy

Cardinal Lluís MARTÍNEZ SISTACH, archbishop of Barcelona, Spain

Cardinal André VINGT-TROIS, archbishop of Paris, France

Cardinal John TONG HON, bishop of Hong Kong (Xianggang), China

Cardinal Orani João TEMPESTA, O. Cist., archbishop of São Sebastião do Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Cardinal Andrew YEOM SOO-JUNG, archbishop of Seoul, Korea

Cardinal Philippe Nakellentuba OUÉDRAOGO, archbishop of Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso

Cardinal Fernando SEBASTIÁN AGUILAR, C.M.F., archbishop emeritus of Pamplona and Tudela, Spain

Cardinal Elio SGRECCIA, president emeritus of the Pontifical Academy for Life, Italy

Cardinal Giuseppe BERTELLO, president of the Governorate of Vatican City State, Vatican City

Archbishop Giovanni TONUCCI of Loreto, Italy

Archbishop Edoardo MENICHELLI of Ancona-Osimo, Italy

Archbishop Carlos AGUIAR RETES of Tlalnepantla, Mexico, president of the Latin American and Caribbean Bishops’ Conferences (C.E.L.AM.)

Archbishop Anil Joseph Thomas COUTO of Delhi, India

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

Bishop Alonso Gerardo GARZA TREVIÑO of Piedras Negras, Mexico

Bishop Edgard Amine MADI of Nossa Senhora do Líbano em São Paulo de los Maronitas, Brazil

Bishop Enrico SOLMI of Parma, president of the Commission for Life and the Family of the Italian Episcopal Conference, Italy

Bishop Pio Vito PINTO, dean of the Tribunal of the Roman Rota, Vatican City

Rev. Fr. François-Xavier DUMORTIER, S.J., rector of the Pontifical Gregorian University of Rome, Italy

Rev. Fr. Antonio SPADARO, S.J., Director of the journal “La Civiltà Católica”, Italy

Rev. Fr. Manuel Jesús ARROBA CONDE, C.M.F., professor of canon law at the Pontifical Lateran University of Rome, Italy


Bishop Fabio FABENE, Vatican City



Msgr.Tony ANATRELLA, psychoanalyst, specialist in social psychiatry, consultor of the Pontifical Council for the Family, consultor of the Pontifical Council for the Pastoral Care of Health Care Workers, France

Rev. Gérard BERLIET, professor of Sacred Scriptures in the provincial seminary of Lyons, head of pastoral care of divorced and remarried faithful for the diocese of Dijon, France

Rev. Fr. Bruno ESPOSITO. O.P., professor and ordinary in canon law at the Pontifical University St. Thomas Aquinas, Italy

Rev. Fr. Alfonso FERNÁNDEZ BENITO, professor of moral theology and the sacrament of marriage in the “San Ildefonso” Higher Institute for Theological Studies, director of the Institute for Religious Sciences of Santa Maria de Toledo, Spain

Rev. Fr. Arul Raj GALI, C.S.C., national director of the “Holy Cross Family Ministries in India”, India

Jeffrey GOH, professor of systematic theology in the Archdiocesan Seminary of Kuching, Malaysia; judge of the Ecclesiastical Tribunal of Kuching, Malaysia

Rev. Maurizio GRONCHI, professor and ordinary in dogmatic theology at the Urbanian Pontifical University of Rome; consultor of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, Italy

Rodrigo GUERRA LÓPEZ, director general of the Centro de Investigación Social Avanzada [CISAV], Mexico

Jocelyne KHOUEIRY, member of the Episcopal Commission for the Family and Life, APECL, Lebanon

Helen Kyung Soo KWON, member of the executive committee of the “Helen Kim Scholarship Foundation” at Ewha Women’s University, Korea

Rev. Fr. Sabatino MAJORANO, C.SS.R., professor of systematic moral theology at the Alphonsianum Academy, Rome, Italy

Christopher Laurence MENEY, director of the Centre for Life, Marriage and the Family of the archdiocese of Sydney, Australia


Giuseppina DE SIMONE in MIANO, extraordinary professor of philosophy at the Theological Faculty of Southern Italy in Naples, Italy

Francesco MIANO, professor and ordinary in moral philosophy at the “Tor Vergata” University of Rome and ex-president of Italian Catholic Action, Italy

Carmen PEÑA GARCÍA, specialist in marriage, professor in the faculty of canon law at the Pontifical University of Comillas, defender of the bond and promotor of justice of the Metropolitan Tribunal of Madrid, Spain

Rev. Fr. George Henri RUYSSEN, S.J., professor in the faculty of Oriental canon law in the Oriental Pontifical Institute of Rome, Belgium



Arturo and Hermelinda AS ZAMBERLINE, heads of the “Équipe Notre-Dame” for the super-region of Brazil, Brazil

Messrs AZZO and HABEEB

Riyadh Albeer Naoom AZZO and Sanaa Namir Ibrahim HABEEB, witnesses of Christian family life in an Islamic context, Iraq


León BOTOLO and Marie Valentine KISANGA SOSAWE, founders of the Communauté Famille Chrétienne, Democratic Republic of Congo

Zelmira María BOTTINI DE REY, director of the institute for Couples and Families of the Pontifical Catholic University of Argentina; president of the Latin-American Network of Institutes for the Family in Catholic Universities, Argentina


George CAMPOS, director of Couples for Christ, Philippines, and Cynthia CAMPOS, member of Couples for Christ, Philippines

Inácio Amândio CHAÚQUE, formator of young couples, Mozambique

Joan CLEMENTS, director of the managing board of the World Organisation Ovulation Method Billings (WOOMB), Australia


Stephen and Sandra CONWAY, regional heads for Africa de Retrouvailles, South Africa

Dr. Ute EBERL, head of family and matrimonial pastoral in Berlin, Germany


Ms Pilar ESCUDERO DE JENSEN, member of the vicariate general for Pastoral Care of the archdiocese of Santiago de Chile; member of the Pontifical Council for the Laity; member of the Schoenstatt Institute for Families, Chile

Luis JENSEN ACUÑA, member of the Bioethical Centre of the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile; president of the “Fundación Médico Cultural Porta Vitae”; member of the Schoenstatt Institute for Families, Chile


Dr Jean Dieudonné GATSINGA and Emerthe GATSINGA TUMUHAYIMPUNDU, responsible for young families in the Focolari movement for Rwanda, Burundi, Kenya and Uganda (Rwanda)


Mr Jeffrey HEINZEN, director of Natural Family Planning in the diocese of La Crosse, U.S.A. Mrs Alice HEINZEN, member of the Natural Family Planning Advisory Board of the Episcopal Conference (U.S.A.)

Dr Ilva Myriam HOYOS CASTAÑEDA, delegate procurator for the Defence of the Rights of Childhood, Adolescence and the Family, Colombia


Sélim and Rita KHOURY, heads of the Office for Family Pastoral Care in the Patriarchal Curia of Antioch of the Maronites, Lebanon

María LACALLE NORIEGA, director of the Francisco de Vitoria Centre for Family Studies and Social and Economic Studies; secretary general of the Spanish Society for Bioethics and Biojustice, Spain

Rev. Cajetan MENEZES, director of the Apostolate for the Family in Bombay, India


Giuseppe PETRACCA CIAVARELLA and Lucia MIGLIONICO in PETRACCA CIAVARELLA, medical doctors, members of the National Advisory Council for Family Pastoral Care, Italy

Sister Margaret MULDOON, ex superior general of the Sisters of the Holy Family of Burdeos, Ireland

Francisco PADILLA, head of the Couples for Christ Movement Foundation for family and life, Philippines

Algirdas PETRONIS, deputy president of the International Federation for Catholic Families. Director of the Family Centre of the archdiocese of Vilnius, Lithuania


Romano and Mavis PIROLA, directors of Australian Catholic Marriage and Family Council, Australia


Olivier and Xristilla ROUSSY, heads of the apostolic branch of Amour et Vérité, France


Steve and Claudia SCHULTZ, members of the International Catholic Engaged Encounter (U.S.A.)

Michèle TAUPIN, president of the Espérance et Vie movement, France

Jeannette TOURÉ, national president of the Association of Catholic Women in Cote d’Ivoire [AFEC], Cote d’Ivoire.


Ecumenical Patriarchate

His Eminence ATHENAGORAS, metropolitan of Belgium

Patriarchate of Moscow

His Eminence HILARION, president of the Department of External Church Relations of the Patriarchate of Moscow, Russian Federation

Coptic Orthodox Church

His Eminence BISHOY, metropolitan of Damietta, Kafr Elsheikh and Elbarari, Egypt

Syriac Orthodox Patriarchate of Antioch

His Eminence Mar YOSTINOS, archbishop of Zhale and Bekau, Lebanon

Anglican Communion

His Grace Paul BUTLER, bishop of Durham, England, Great Britain

Lutheran World Federation

Mr Ndanganeni Petrus PHASWAHA, president of the Lutheran Evangelical Church in South Africa

World Communion of Reformed Churches

Rev. Benebo FUBARA-MANUEL, president of the Nigerian Communion of Reformed Churches, Nigeria

Baptist World Alliance

Valérie DUVAL-POUJOL, professor of biblical exegesis at the Catholic Institute of Paris, France.

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