Pope Francis appoints three cardinals to lead Amazon synod
VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis appointed three delegate presidents for the Synod of Bishops for the Amazon.
The pope named as delegate presidents for the Oct. 6-27 assembly Cardinals Baltazar Porras Cardozo, 74, of Merida, Venezuela; Pedro Barreto Jimeno, 75, of Huancayo, Peru; and Joao Braz de Aviz, 72, prefect of the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life.
The Vatican announced the appointments Sept. 7.
Though Pope Francis, as pontiff, is president of the synod, the three cardinals will take turns presiding over the synod’s daily sessions. The delegate presidents are also responsible for guiding the work of