Eight women Religious and seven laywomen have been appointed by Pope Paul VI (Sept. 23) to serve as auditors at the ecumenical council.
At the same time, eight laymen were named as auditors in addition to the 13 selected last year.
The official release on the appointments said that those named were chosen as representatives of international Catholic groups. This time continents other than Europe were given special consideration. Appointed were physicians, workers, business executives and leaders of Catholic youth and lay apostolate organizations.
In regard to women, Religious superiors were picked who represent worldwide territories in order to do justice to all continents. Australia is being represented by a laywoman.
Among the laywomen, two war widows were chosen “to pay a special tribute to women who in their sorrow exemplify an eloquent condemnation of war and humanity’s universal aspirations toward a just and Christian peace.”
Women auditors will be eligible to attend council meetings dealing with topics particularly related to their activities.
The release added that in addition to the auditors, other lay people this year will be guests of the council for a restricted number of meetings. These will be people “able to render useful services because of their merits in the Catholic field and their special competences in special sectors of the Church’s life.”
Following is the list of the newly appointed auditors: Mother Sabine de Valon, superior general of the Religious of the Sacred Heart and president of the Union of Superiors General in Rome; Mother Mary Luke, superior general of the Sisters of Loretto, Nerinx, Ky., and president of the Conference of Major Religious Superiors of Women’s Institutes of America; Mother Marie de la Croix Khouzam, superior general of the Egyptian Sisters of the Sacred Heart and president of the Union of Teaching Religious in Egypt;
Mother Marie Henriette Ghanem, superior general of the Sisters of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary and president of the Assembly of Major Religious Superiors in Lebanon; Sister Mary Juliana of Our Lord Jesus Christ, secretary general of the Union of Major Religious Superiors in Germany; Mother Guillemin, of France, superior general of the Daughters of Charity;
Mother Estrada, superior general of the Servants of the Sacred Heart in Spain; Mother Baldinucci, superior general of the Institute of the Most Holy Child Mary, Italy.
Lay women auditors:
Dr. Alda Micelli, president general of the Missionaries of the Kingdom of Christ; Miss Pilar Belosillo of Spain, president of the World Union of Catholic Women’s Organizations; Miss Rosemary Goldie of Australia, executive secretary of the Permanent Committee for International Congresses of the Lay Apostolate; Miss Marie Louise Monnet of France, president of the international movement for the apostolate in independent social circles;
Miss Anna Maria Roeloffzen, secretary of the International Federation of Feminine Catholic Youth, the Netherlands; Marchioness Amalia Lanza, widow of Marquess Cordero di Montezemolo, president of the Patronate of Assistance to the Italian Armed Forces; Mrs. Iduccia Marenco, widow, of the Association of Women’s Catholic Action of Italy.
New laymen auditors:
Baron Leon De Rosen of France, president of the International Union of Catholic Employers Associations; Dr. Luigi Gedda of Italy, president of the International Federation of Catholic Physicians; Patrick Keegan of Great Britain, president of the International Federation of Christian Workers’ Movements; Bartolo Peres of Brazil, president of the Young Christian Workers’ organization;
Eusebe Adjakpley of Togo, regional secretary for Africa of the International Federation of Catholic Youth; Stephan Roman, Byzantine-rite Catholic of Toronto, Ont.; John Chen, of Hong Kong, president of the Hong Kong diocesan council for the Lay Apostolate; and Dr. Jose Maria Hernandez, president of the Catholic Action organization of the Philippines.