15 Bishops Named to Special Council for Africa

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VATICAN CITY, OCT. 23, 2009 (Zenit.org).- Archbishop Nikola Eterovic, secretary-general of the Synod of Bishops, revealed today the names of the 15 members of the Special Council for Africa of the General Secretariat of the Synod of Bishops.



The assembly for Africa of the synod elected 12 members of the council, while Benedict XVI appointed three.

Below are the names of the 15 members:

-- Cardinal Wilfrid Fox Napier, archbishop of Durban, South Africa;
-- Cardinal Francis Arinze, retired prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Sacraments;

-- Cardinal Peter Kodwo Appiah Turkson, archbishop of Cape Coast, Ghana, president of the Association of Episcopal Conferences of Western Africa;
-- Cardinal Theodore-Adrien Sarr, archbishop of Dakar, Senegal, first vice president of the Symposium of Episcopal Conferences of Africa and Madagascar;

-- Cardinal John Njue, archbishop of Nairobi, Kenya, president of the Kenya episcopal conference;
-- Archbishop Laurent Monsengwo Pasinya of Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo;

-- Archbishop Norbert Wendelin Mtega of Songea, Tanzania;
-- Archbishop John Olorunfemi Onaiyekan of Abuja, Nigeria;

-- Archbishop Simon Ntamwana of Gitega, Burundi, president of the Association of Episcopal Conferences for Central Africa;
-- Archbishop Cornelius Fontem Esua of Bamenda, Cameroon;

-- Archbishop Odon Marie Arsene Razanakolona of Antananarivo, Madagascar;
-- Bishop Youssef Ibrahim Sarraf of Le Caire of the Chaldeans, Egypt;

-- Bishop Maroun Elias Lahham of Tunis, Tunis;
-- Bishop Edmond Djitangar of Sarh, Chad;

-- Bishop Francisco Joao Silota M. Afr. of Chimoio, Mozambique, second vice president of the Symposium of Episcopal Conferences of Africa and Madagascar.