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Francis Meets with Council of Cardinals

Marcin Mazur/Catholic NewsUK

Vatican Radio - published on 07/01/14

Fifth meeting continues to examine issues of Church governance.

Pope Francis held a meeting in the Vatican on Tuesday morning with the Council of Cardinals. It is the fifth time the Pope and the eight-member Council have met formally since Francis established the so-called “G8”  to help him govern the Church and reform the Roman Curia.

The Cardinals who make up the Council are Giuseppe Bertello, President of the Pontifical Commission for the Vatican City State; Francisco Javier Errázuriz Ossa, Archbishop Emeritus of Santigo de Chile; Oswald Gracias, Archbishop of Bombay; Reinhard Marx, Archbishop of Munich; Laurent Monsengwo Pasinya, Archbishop of Kinshasa; Seán Patrick O’Malley, Archbishop of Boston; George Pell, Archbishop of Sydney, and Óscar Andrés Rodríguez Maradiaga, Archbishop of Tegucigalpa.

They have been appointed with the specific task of advising the Pope on the government of the Church and the revision of the Apostolic Constitution Pastor Bonus on the Roman Curia.

They are scheduled to continue their meetings until Friday, July 4.

Previous meetings of the Council of Cardinals took place Oct. 1-3, 2013; Dec. 3-5, 2013; Feb. 17-19, and April 28-30.

In an April statement the Vatican said the group has finished a review of the Holy See’s nine congregations or governmental bodies, and are now proceeding to review its 12 auxiliary bodies, known as councils.

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