NZ archbishop named as one of 36 ‘synod fathers’

VATICAN CITY (CWN) — The Archbishop of Wellington, John Dew, is one of 36 prelates named by Pope Benedict XVI to take part in the 13th general assembly of the Synod of Bishops, which will meet in Rome in October to discuss the “New Evangelisation”.
The prelates named by the Pope will join other bishops appointed by their respective episcopal conferences for the synod discussions, which are to open on October 7 and conclude on October 28.
Pope Benedict named 12 cardinals, 1 patriarch, 11 archbishops, and 8 bishops as synod fathers. He also named four priests who head influential religious communities.
In the full list released on September 19, Archbishop Dew’s name appeared as: Archbishop John Atcherley Dew of Wellington, New Zealand, president of the Federation of Catholic Bishops’ Conferences of Oceania.

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