Synod Appointment for Cardinal Pell

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VATICAN CITY, SEPT. 9, 2008 ( Benedict XVI appointed Cardinal George Pell, the archbishop of Sydney, Australia, as president delegate of the 12th Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops.

The cardinal, who hosted the Pope during World Youth Day 2008 in Sydney, substitutes Cardinal Oswald Gracias, archbishop of Bombay, India, who is unable to attend the gathering, the Vatican announced today.

There are two other president delegates: Cardinal William Joseph Levada, prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, and Cardinal Odilo Pedro Scherer, the archbishop of São Paulo, Brazil.

The synod will be held Oct. 5-26 in the Vatican on the theme "The Word of God in the Life and Mission of the Church."