Synod 15: Pope Francis Adds Cardinal Wilfrid Napier to Delegate Presidents List

South African Prelate Served in Final Draft Committee at Extraordinary Synod

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Pope Francis has added Cardinal Wilfrid Fox Napier of Durban, South Africa to the list of Delegate Presidents at next year’s Synod of Bishops.

The XIV General Assembly of the Ordinary Synod of Bishops will take place from October 4th-25th. The theme they will reflect on is “The vocation and the mission of the family in the Church and in the contemporary world.”

The Holy Father confirmed the Delegate Presidents who served at the Extraordinary Synod, which includes Cardinals André Vingt-Trois of Paris, Luis Antonio Tagle of Manila, and Raymundo Damasceno Assis of Aparecida. The Pope also confirmed Cardinal Peter Erdo of Budapest as Relator General and Archbishop Bruno Forte as Special Secretary.

Cardinal Napier played an active role during the Extraordinary Synod last month. Both and Archbishop Denis Hart to committee that drafted the final Relatio Synodi. At a press conference on October 14th, Cardinal Napier expressed his hope that at the 2015 Synod, “we’ll be building on positive, not just negatives, the positives we’ve developed. We will have set the stage.”

In an interview with ZENIT last month, the South African prelate hoped that family prayer would provide a positive developments for families at the next Synod.

“We would like to see family prayer become once again the central activity of the family’s day. We are trying to inspire family movements, associations and sodalities to become active in promoting Catholic family life and spirituality,” he said.

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Junno Arocho Esteves

Newark, New Jersey, USA Bachelor of Science degree in Diplomacy and International Relations.

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