Vatican Announces More Members of October Synod

Oct. 4-25 bishops’ meeting will focus on vocation and mission of family

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With regard to the Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops, to take place in the Vatican from 4 to 25 October on the theme “The vocation and mission of the family in the Church and contemporary world”, we publish a further list of the members and substitutes elected by the various Episcopal Conferences and confirmed by the Holy Father.


Cote d’Ivoire

Member: Bishop Ignace Bessi Dogbo of Katiola, president of the National Episcopal Commission for the Lay Apostolate.

Equatorial Guinea 

Member: Bishop Juan Matogo Oyana, C.M.F., of Bata.


Member: Archbishop Paulino Lukudu Loro, M.C.C.J., of Juba;

Substitute: Bishop Michael Didi Adgum Mangoria of El Obeid.


Member: Bishop Xavier Johnsai Munyongani of Gweru.



Member: Bishop Miguel Angel Cabello Almada of Concepcion en Paraguay;

Substitute: Bishop Pierre Laurent Jubinville, C.S.Sp., of San Pedro.



2nd Substitute: Bishop Lawrence Pius Dorairaj of Dharmapuri.


Member: Archbishop Ramzi Garmou of Teheran of the Chaldeans, patriarchal administrator of Ahwaz of the Chaldeans;

Substitute: Archbishop Neshan Karakeheyan, patriarchal administrator of Ispahan, Esfaan of the Armenians.


Member: Bishop Silvio Siripong Charatsri of Chanthaburi;

Substitute: Archbishop Louis Chamniern Santisukniran of Thare and Nonseng.

East Timor

Member: Bishop Basilio Do Nascimento of Baucau, president of the Episcopal Conference;

Substitute: Bishop Norberto Do Amaral of Maliana.


International Episcopal Conference of Sts. Cyril and Methodius

Member: Bishop Ladislav Nemet, S.V.D., of Zrenjanin, Serbia.


Member: Archbishop Zbignevs Stankevics of Riga;

Substitute: Bishop Janis Bulis of Rezekne-Aglona, president of the Episcopal Conference.


Member: Bishop Teemu Sippo, S.C.I., of Helsinki, Finland;

Substitute: Bishop Czeslaw Kozon of Copenhagen, Denmark.


Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands

Member: Bishop Anton Bal of Kundiawa, representing the “Commission for Family Life”.

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