Pope Francis is appointing Bishop Mario Grech, Bishop emeritus of the Diocese of Gozo in Malta, as his successor, to be General Secretary of the Synod of Bishops.
The Vatican made the announcement on September 16, after Pope Francis accepted on Tuesday the resignation of Cardinal Lorenzo Baldisseri from the position.
Bishop Mario Grech served as the Bishop of Gozo, Malta, and on October 2, 2019, Pope Francis appointed him as Pro-Secretary General of the Synod of Bishops.
Bishop Grech was born in Qala, Malta in 1957 and ordained a priest in 1984.
In that role, he participated in the Special Assembly of the Synod of Bishops for the Amazon in October 2019.
This synodal experience of having “walked side by side” with his predecessor has thus assured continuity within the General Secretariat of the Synod of Bishops.