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SYNOD-PRESIDENTS Sep-9-2008 (130 words) xxxi

Pope names Australian cardinal to replace Indian as a synod president

By Catholic News Service

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Pope Benedict XVI has named Cardinal George Pell of Sydney, Australia, to be one of three delegate presidents for the world Synod of Bishops on the Bible.

The Vatican said Sept. 9 that Cardinal Pell would serve in place of Cardinal Oswald Gracias of Mumbai, India, who is unable to attend the Oct. 5-26 gathering. The Vatican did not elaborate.

In June, the pope had named the Indian cardinal as one of three delegate presidents; the other two are U.S. Cardinal William J. Levada, prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, and Brazilian Cardinal Odilo Scherer of Sao Paulo.

Although the pope himself is president of the synod, the three cardinals will take turns presiding over the gathering's daily sessions.


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