Pope names record number of women to Synod on Evangelization
The Oct. 7-28 gathering will include the largest bloc of women — 10 experts and 19 observers — ever to participate in a Vatican synod.
Europe accounts for the overwhelming majority of the appointees, followed by North America, with 10 people from the United States, two from Mexico and one from Canada. A number of the appointees are also advisers to the Pontifical Council for Promoting New Evangelization and other Vatican offices.
The Vatican published the list of papal appointments to the synod Saturday.
Experts and observers, who include laypeople, are not voting members of the synod. According to Vatican rules, only priests, bishops and cardinals can be full members who vote and determine the propositions to be presented to the pope at the end of the gathering. [more]