Pope Francis speaks to bishops inside the Vatican’s Synod Hall. (Daniel Ibanez/CNA)
They were the only US bishops named as synod fathers for the upcoming Oct. 6-17 Synod for the Pan-Amazonian Region, according to the official list of participants published today.
VATICAN CITY — Cardinal Sean O’Malley of Boston, and Bishop Robert McElroy of San Diego are among those chosen by Pope Francis as synod fathers in next month’s Amazon Synod.
A full list of the 185 participantsin the Special Assembly for the Pan-Amazonian Region was published by the Vatican Sept. 21. The synod is set to take place Oct. 6-27.
Among those taking part are 33 bishops nominated by Pope Francis, including Cardinal O’Malley and Bishop McElroy, the only two U.S. bishops to be synod fathers in the Amazon Synod.
The three president delegates of the synod are Cardinal Baltazar Enrique Porras Cardozo, apostolic administrator of Caracas and archbishop of Merida in Venezuela; Cardinal Pedro Ricardo Barreto Jimeno, archbishop of Huancayo in Peru and vice president of the Pan-Amazonian Ecclesial Network (REPAM); and Cardinal Joao Braz de Aviz, prefect of the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life.
Cardinal Claudio Hummes, archbishop emeritus of Sao Paulo in Brazil and president of REPAM, is relator general.
The special secretaries are Cardinal-elect Michael Czerny, under-secretary of the Migrant and Refugees section of the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development, and Bishop David Martinez De Aguirre Guinea, apostolic vicar of Puerto Maldonado in Peru.
Other pontifical nominations include heads of bishops’ conferences, commissions, or councils, such as Cardinal Christoph Schonborn, archbishop of Vienna; Cardinal Bagnasco, archbishop of Genova and president of the Council of European bishops’ conferences; Cardinal Reinhard Marx, archbishop of Munich and Freising; Cardinal-elect Jean-Claude Hollerich, archbishop of Luxembourg and president of the Commission of Bishops’ Conferences of the European Union; and Archbishop Marcel Madila Basanguka of Kananga, president of the Association of Bishops’ Conferences of Central Africa.
Others nominated include Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia, president of the Pontifical Academy for Life; Cardinal Oscar Rodriguez Maradiaga, archbishop of Tegucigalpa; Cardinal John Ribat, archbishop of Port Moresby; and Cardinal Oswald Gracias, archbishop of Bombay.
Non-bishops nominated include religious priests from Argentina, Peru, Angola, and Italy; Father Anthony Spadaro, director of La Civilta Cattolica; and Father Mauricio Garcia Duran, director of the Jesuit Refugee Service.
According to synod norms, there will also be in attendance 15 superior generals, chosen by the Union of Superior Generals (USG).
There will be 25 experts and 55 auditors, as well as six fraternal delegates from other Christian churches, who attend the synod but do not participate in final voting.
Pope Francis is president of the Synod of Bishops and Cardinal Lorenzo Baldisseri is secretary general.