Mexican cardinal among leaders of evangelization synod

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Pope Benedict has named Cardinal Francisco Robles Ortega of Guadalajara, Mexico as one of the three presidents of the New Evangelization synod which will be held at the Vatican later this year.

The Synod of Bishops on the New Evangelization and the transmission of the Christian faith will take place from Oct. 7-28, and will also be led by Cardinal John Tong Hon of Hong Kong and Cardinal Laurent Monsengwo Pasinya of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

The synod will coincide with the beginning of the Year of Faith, which starts on Oct. 11 in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the opening of the Second Vatican Council and the 20th anniversary of the publication of the Catechism of the Catholic Church.

The Holy See recently published the “Instrumentum laboris” of the Synod, which says a new method of evangelization is needed to address secularization, emigration, globalization, the economic crisis, the proliferation of religious sects, consumerism, nihilism and hedonism.

Cardinal Robles Ortega was named Archbishop of Guadalajara on December of 2011, having been previously made a cardinal by Pope Benedict in 2007. He has been a member of the Commission for Latin America since 2008 and the Pontifical Council for the Promotion of the New Evangelization since Jan. 5, 2011.

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