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Pope names members to Pontifical Council for New Evangelization

January 05, 2011

Pope Benedict XVI has named 19 prelates to the newly created Pontifical Council for the New Evangelization.

The Pope named 9 cardinals, 8 archbishops, and 2 bishops to join the Pontifical Council, which is chaired by Archbishop Salvatore (Rino) Fisichella. The Holy Father formally created the new body in October, with a motu proprio entitled Ubicumque et Semper. He had appointed Archbishop Fisichella in July to head the new group.

The list of members of the Pontifical Council for New Evangelization is notable for the inclusion of many prelates who are known to be personally close to Pope Benedict, including Cardinal Christoph Schönborn of Vienna, Cardinal Angelo Scola of Venice, Cardinal Marc Ouellet of the Congregation for Bishops, Cardinal George Pell of Sydney, and Archbishop Andre Mutien Leonard of Brussels. Archbishop Timothy Dolan of New York is also among the members.

The presence of so many new allies of the Pontiff on the new panel reinforces the importance that Pope Benedict attaches to its mission of reviving the influence of the faith in societies where Christianity has been challenged by secularism, especially in Europe.


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