Sunday, October 14, 2012

Angelicum Alumnus Relator-General of the Synod on the New Evangelization

On October 24, 2011, Pope Benedict XVI named Donarld William Cardinal Wuerl to be the Relator-General of the 2012 World Synod of Bishops meeting on the New Evangelization, a task roughly equivalent to the Synod's chief "spokesman."

Responsible for articulating the Synod's goals and vision in a major address (traditionally delivered in Latin) on opening day, then pooling the results of its discussions for the October meeting's final message -- and, in time, its closing papal document -- the 70 year-old cardinal joins an elite group of top-shelf prelates who've served as Relator at the prior four Synods of Benedict XVI's pontificate.