Pope Appoints Archbishop Longley a Synod Father on New Evangelisation

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By Peter Jennings

Pope Benedict XVI has appointed the Most Reverend Bernard Longley, Archbishop of Birmingham, as a Synod Father for the forthcoming Thirteenth Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops, to be held in Rome between 7-28 October 2012.

The list of Synod Fathers was made public by the Holy See Press Office on Tuesday, 18 September.

The Synod Fathers received a personal invitation from the Holy Father to participate in the Synod on the theme: “The New Evangelisation for the Transmission of the Christian Faith”.

Archbishop Bernard Longley said:

“I am grateful to be appointed a member of the forthcoming Synod on New Evangelisation. I hope it will be an opportunity to re-emphasise the essential link between dialogue and proclamation that underpins the Church’s mission.

“I believe it will be a powerful expression of the Church’s priorities for living and sharing faith in Christ amidst the complexities of the contemporary world.”


© Peter Jennings