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Friday, July 24, 2015

New members and substitutes for the upcoming Synod on the Family

Vatican City, 24 July 2015 (VIS) – 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”.

Other Pontifical Acts

Vatican City, 24 July 2015 (VIS) – The Holy Father has appointed Bishop Victor Manuel Ochoa Cadavid as bishop of Cucuta (area 2,200, population 891,383, Catholics 804,236, priests 166, permanent deacons 8, religious 212), Colombia. He succeeds Bishop Julio Cesar Vidal Ortiz, whose resignation from the pastoral care of the same diocese in accordance with canon 401 para. 2 of the Code of Canon Law, was accepted by the Holy Father.
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