Benedict XVI appoints leaders for upcoming Middle East Synod


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Vatican City, Apr 26, 2010 / 02:00 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- On Saturday, the Holy Father appointed six prelates to leadership positions for the upcoming Synod of Bishops for the Middle East, scheduled to take place October 10 - 24 of this year.

The upcoming synod will focus on the communion of the Catholic Church in the region, and will take on the theme, "The Catholic Church in the Middle East: Communion and Witness. 'The whole group of those who believed were of one heart and soul.'"

Those appointed to the special assembly include:

- His Beatitude Cardinal Nasrallah Pierre Sfeir, Patriarch of Antioch of the Maronites, Lebanon, as president delegate "ad honorem."

- His Beatitude Cardinal Emmanuel III Delly, Patriarch of Babylon of the Chaldeans, Iraq, as president delegate "ad honorem."

- Cardinal Leonardo Sandri, prefect of the Congregation for the Oriental Churches, as president delegate.

- His Beatitude Ignace Youssif III Younan, Patriarch of Antioch of the Syrians, Lebanon, as president delegate.

- His Beatitude Antonios Naguib, Patriarch of Alexandria of the Copts, Egypt, as relator general.

- Archbishop Joseph Soueif of Cyprus of the Maronites, as special secretary.