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Office of the General Secretary

3211 FOURTH STREET NE WASHINGTON DC 20017-1194 202-541-3100 FAX 202-541-3166 Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan Archbishop of New York President Msgr. J. Brian Bransfield, S.T.D. Linda D. Hunt, M.S. Anthony R. Picarello, Esq. Associate General Secretaries

Monsignor Ronny E. Jenkins, J.C.D. General Secretary

To: From: Date: Subject: All bishops Reverend Monsignor Ronny E. Jenkins, General Secretary October 30, 2013 Communication from Most Reverend Lorenzo Baldisseri

Your Eminence/Excellency, At the direction of His Eminence Cardinal Dolan, President, I take this opportunity to convey to you the attached letter of His Excellency, Most Reverend Lorenzo Baldisseri, General Secretary of the Synod of Bishops, concerning the Extraordinary Synod of Bishops scheduled to take place in October 2014 on the them, The Pastoral Challenges of the Family in the Context of Evangelization. In his correspondence, Archbishop Baldisseri requests the observations of the members of the Conference regarding the attached preparatory documents and questionnaire that will provide a basis for the preparation of the Lineamenta for the extraordinary synod. I ask your kindness in providing us with any responses to this request no later than December 31, 2013. This will allow for a suitable time period to collate the information in order to meet the deadline provided by Archbishop Baldisseri. Responses may be sent to Monsignor Brian Bransfield, Associate General Secretary, at or in hard copy to his attention at the above address. Please let us know if we can be of further assistance with this important matter.

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