15 on Postsynodal Council to Help Pope with Final Document

Archbishops of Chicago and Mexico City Among Those Chosen

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VATICAN CITY, OCT. 29, 2001 (Zenit.org).- The archbishops of Chicago, Mexico City and Sydney, Australia, are among the 15 members of the council that will help the Pope write a postsynodal exhortation on the figure of the bishop.

Cardinal Jan P. Schotte, secretary-general of the Synod of Bishops, published the list of names of the 15 members of the postsynodal council. Twelve were chosen by the synod fathers and three were appointed by John Paul II.

To represent the American continent, the synod participants chose three cardinals to carry out the tasks agreed by this ecclesial summit: Francis George, archbishop of Chicago; Jorge Mario Bergoglio, archbishop of Buenos Aires; and Claudio Hummes, archbishop of Sao Paulo.

The following cardinals were chosen to represent Europe: Godfried Danneels, archbishop of Mechelen-Brussels, Belgium; Dionigi Tettamanzi, archbishop of Genoa, Italy; and Walter Kasper, president of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity.

The members chosen for Africa are Cardinal Francis Arinze, president of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue; Archbishop John Onaiyekan of Abuja, president of the Nigerian episcopal conference; and Archbishop Laurent Monsengwo Pasinya of Kisangani, Democratic Republic of the Congo.

The following archbishops were elected democratically to represent Asia and Oceania: Orlando B. Quevedo of Cotabato, president of the Philippine episcopal conference; Henry Sebastian D´Souza of Calcutta, India; and George Pell of Sydney.

For his part, John Paul II named Cardinal Lubomyr Husar, archbishop major of Lviv of the Ukrainians; Archbishop Henryk Muszynski of Gniezno, Poland; and Cardinal Norberto Rivera Carrera, archbishop of Mexico City.

Each one of the synod participants voted for 10 names as possible members of the postsynodal council. The most-often mentioned names in the written votes were chosen.

Among other things, the members will collaborate with John Paul II in writing the final document, or postsynodal exhortation, which will include the conclusions of the assembly on the figure of the bishop. The synod officially closed with a Mass last Saturday.

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