National Catholic Reporter
Joshua J. McElwee | Jan. 31, 2015
ROME Pope Francis has ratified the elections of prelates from bishops’ conferences around the world to participate in October’s global meeting of Catholic bishops, confirming selections of 48 prelates from six continents.
Among the number are four U.S. prelates: Louisville, Ky., Archbishop Joseph Kurtz; Philadelphia Archbishop Charles Chaput; Galveston-Houston Cardinal Daniel DiNardo; and Los Angeles Archbishop José Gómez.
The papal confirmations, announced in the Vatican’s daily press bulletin Saturday, mean the prelates will be able to participate and vote in the discussions of next October’s meeting, known as a Synod of Bishops.
The Synod, which is focused on issues of family life and has attracted hopes that the church might alter some of its pastoral practices in that area, is the second of two called by Francis for 2014 and 2015.
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