Aleteia logoAleteia logo
Aleteia
Sunday 25 July |
The Feast of Saint James the Great
home iconSpirituality
line break icon

“G8” Council of Cardinals Begins Third Meeting in Rome

Jeffrey Bruno | Aleteia

Zenit - published on 02/18/14

Cardinals discuss reforms of the Roman Curia.

Reform of economic and organizational structures of the Holy See was the first order of business for the College of Cardinals today in Rome.

This is the third such meeting of the eight-member council, established by Pope Francis to advise him on the reform of the Roman Curia and in governing the universal Church. The council first met on Sept. 28th last year.

This session, which will also include further discussion on plans to revise the Apostolic Constitution “Pastor bonus” on the Roman Curia, concludes on Feb. 19th.

The council members concelebrated the Holy Father’s daily Mass this morning at Casa Santa Marta.

Jesuit Father Federico Lombardi, director of the Holy See Press Office, said the council was presented with a report by the commission studying the various economic-administrative organizational structures of the Holy See, but no decisions were made.

“Three representatives of the this Commission were present […]: the President, Professor Zahra; the secretary, Msgr. Vallejo Balda; and Jochen Messemer, who is also the international reviser of the Prefecture of Economic Affairs,” Fr. Lombardi told journalists today. The commission, he said, will most likely produce several drafts, ideas, or possible proposals.

Tomorrow, the cardinals will review another report, this time by the commission set up by Pope Francis to oversee the Institute for Religious Works (IOR), colloquially known in the media as the “Vatican Bank”.

On Wednesday, the eight council members will meet a 15-member Council of Cardinals who are studying “Organizational and Economic Questions of the Holy See".

No Surprises to Come

“Don’t expect any surprises […] from our meeting with the Pope,” Cardinal Oscar Rodriguez Maradiaga said last night in an interview on the Italian television news channel TG24. “Reform requires patience, this accelerated society needs patience.”

Cardinal Maradiaga, who is the Archbishop of Tegucigalpa, Honduras, serves as coordinator of the Council of Cardinals.

Commenting on the tomorrow’s meeting with the Commission that oversees the IOR, he said the Council does not want it to function like a bank. “The Institute should be different from the banks that we know,” he said.

The cardinal asked the faithful for patience while the Council continues study the reports of various commissions and studies.

“The work of our commission began in October. There is serious work being done, of research, and for this patience is needed. It is a work that will bear fruit, but this accelerated society must have patience. The things of the Lord take time,” he said.

Busy week for Francis

Fr. Lombardi acknowledged that this week will be a full week for the Holy Father and the Council as on Thursday morning the Extraordinary Consistory of Cardinals will begin.

The meeting in the Synod Hall in the Vatican will begin with a greeting from the dean of the College of Cardinals, Cardinal Angelo Sodano, and will include a keynote address from Cardinal Walter Kasper. The work of the consistory will conclude on Friday.

Pope Francis is then scheduled to create 19 new cardinals on Saturday.

Courtesy of Zenit

Tags:
Pope FrancisVatican
Support Aleteia!

If you’re reading this article, it’s thanks to the generosity of people like you, who have made Aleteia possible.

Here are some numbers:

  • 20 million users around the world read Aleteia.org every month
  • Aleteia is published every day in seven languages: English, French, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Polish, and Slovenian
  • Each month, readers view more than 50 million pages
  • Nearly 4 million people follow Aleteia on social media
  • Each month, we publish 2,450 articles and around 40 videos
  • We have 60 full time staff and approximately 400 collaborators (writers, translators, photographers, etc.)

As you can imagine, these numbers represent a lot of work. We need you.

Support Aleteia with as little as $1. It only takes a minute. Thank you!

Daily prayer
And today we celebrate...




Top 10
1
morning
Philip Kosloski
This morning prayer is easy to memorize
2
Daniel Esparza
5 Curious things you might not know about Catholicism
3
Joachim and Anne
Philip Kosloski
Did Jesus know his grandparents?
4
ORGAN
J-P Mauro
Reconstructing a 12th-century pipe organ discovered in the Holy L...
5
MACHAERUS
Daniel Esparza
3 Legendary pilgrimages off the beaten path
6
ŁACINA
Philip Kosloski
Why is Latin the official language of the Church, instead of Aram...
7
SAINT ANTHONY OF PADUA
Philip Kosloski
This prayer to St. Anthony is said to have “never been know...
See More
Newsletter
Get Aleteia delivered to your inbox. Subscribe here.