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SYNOD-US Feb-26-2008 (250 words) xxxn

Six U.S. prelates named as delegates, alternates to October synod

By Catholic News Service

WASHINGTON (CNS) -- Six U.S. bishops have been named as delegates or alternates to the October world Synod of Bishops that focuses on the Bible.

Among the delegates are the president and vice president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, Cardinal Francis E. George of Chicago and Bishop Gerald F. Kicanas of Tucson, Ariz., respectively.

The other two delegates are Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo of Galveston-Houston and Archbishop Donald W. Wuerl of Washington.

Bishop William S. Skylstad of Spokane, Wash., the immediate past USCCB president, has been named as an alternate, as has Cardinal Justin Rigali of Philadelphia.

The U.S. delegates and alternates were elected by the bishops' conference and ratified by the pope; their names were released in February.

The theme of the synod, scheduled for Oct. 5-26, will be "The Word of God in the Life and Mission of the Church."

The synod's outline, released in April 2007, emphasized Christian belief that Jesus Christ is the fullest expression of the word of God and that the entire Bible can be understood only in reference to Jesus.

The outline also mentioned the Bible as a potential source for promoting dialogue with other religions, particularly through explaining each other's sacred texts.

It praised a greater emphasis on the Scriptures in the liturgy, advances in biblical scholarship and Catholic familiarity with the Bible since the Second Vatican Council, but it said that more must be done.


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