- Sep 29, 2020
On Wednesday the Vatican announced that Italian Cardinal Lorenzo Baldisseri, who turns 79 at the end of this month, has stepped down as Secretary General of the Synod of Bishops and will be replaced by Bishop Mario Grech of Malta.
Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of Italian Cardinal Lorenzo Baldisseri as secretary-general of the Synod of Bishops and appointed in his place its current pro-secretary-general, Maltese Bishop Mario Grech.
The Catholic diocese of Gaza in Malta took to its Facebook page on Friday to deny that Bishop Mario Grech has threatened to suspend priests who refuse to give Communion to divorced and civilly remarried Catholics, as some reports out of England and Germany suggested.
In guidelines for the application of Pope Francis’s “Amoris Laetitia”, the bishops of Malta say that divorced and civilly remarried Catholics who, with “an informed and enlightened conscience,” believe they’re at peace with God,”cannot be precluded from participating in the sacraments.”