.- The Vatican announced today that the 11th Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops, to be held at the Vatican October 2nd through the 23rd, would center around the theme of "The Eucharist: Source and Summit of the Life and Mission of the Church." While confirming the synod's theme, Pope Benedict today, confirmed various Vatican appointments, including the president's delegate, relator general and the special secretary.
Likewise, he confirmed the appointments of the delegates and substitutes of the synod, as ratified by the late John Paul II.
The presidents delegate are: Cardinals Francis Arinze, prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of Sacraments, Juan Sandoval Iniguez, archbishop of Guadalajara, Mexico and Telesphore Placidus Toppo, archbishop of Ranchi, India. The relator general is Cardinal Angelo Scola, patriarch of Venice, Italy and the special secretary is Archbishop Roland Minnerath of Dijon, France.