Vatican City, Oct 2, 2019 / 03:40 am America/Denver (CNA).
The Vatican announced Wednesday that Pope Francis has nominated Maltese Bishop Mario Grech pro-secretary general of the Synod of Bishops to work alongside secretary general Cardinal Lorenzo Baldisseri.
In a declaration to journalists Oct. 2, Balidisseri, secretary general of the Synod of Bishops since 2013, said the pro-secretary general will "walk alongside" him in his role and participate in this month's Amazon synod as a member.
Baldisseri said Grech will then assume the full position of secretary general at the time his own mandate "expires," though there was no indication of when that will be.
Baldisseri, who turned 79 last month, has been secretary general of the Synod of Bishops since September 2013. In that role, he has led the two synods on the family in 2014 and 2015, and the youth synod held in October 2018.
Grech, 62, was bishop of the Maltese diocese of Gozo since January 2005. He will remain apostolic administrator of the diocese until Pope Francis appoints a new bishop.