|Vatican Appoints U.S. Delegates To October Synod On Scripture|
WASHINGTON – Cardinal Francis George of Chicago, president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), Bishop Gerald Kicanas of Tucson, USCCB vice president, Cardinal Daniel DiNardo of Houston and Archbishop Donald Wuerl of Washington, have been appointed members of the twelfth World Synod of Bishops, to be held at the Vatican October 5 - 26. Cardinal Justin Rigali of Philadelphia and Bishop William Skylstad of Spokane, Washington, were named alternate delegates. The theme of the synod, announced last January by Pope Benedict XVI, is The Word of God in the Life and Mission of the Church, and will be followed in context with the participants' reflection on and examination of Holy Scripture.
Pope Benedict XVI ratified the selection of the U.S. Bishops who voted to recommend the delegates during the USCCB plenary meeting last November in Baltimore. Confirmation of the appointments came earlier this year in a letter to Cardinal George from the General Secretary of the Synod of Bishops, Archbishop Nikola Eterovic, asking Cardinal George to notify the delegates and alternates.
For the past several months, bishops have been studying the synod's working document and making suggestions for the meeting's final agenda.