Tuesday, December 03, 2013

Cardinals advising the Pope focus on Curia reform, in new meetings at the Vatican




With Tuesday morning Mass at Santa Marta, the Council of Cardinals, or G8, kicked off the second round of meetings with Pope Francis to discuss changes to the Roman Curia.

After Mass, the eight member council began working right away. For the next few days, until December 5, they will eat, sleep and work under one roof, Casa Santa Marta.

FR. FEDERICO LOMBARDI
Vatican Spokesperson
"In this morning's meeting, they got right to work on their main topic: they continued their analysis of the Roman Curia.”

During their first session, in October, Pope Francis announced the Council would overhaul the Vatican's governing bodies.

With such an ambitious project, the Vatican said the G8 will dedicate all three days of meetings to go in-depth into this topic.

FR. FEDERICO LOMBARDI
Vatican Spokesperson
"They leaning away from small tweaks or minor improvements, and instead focusing on changes to the Apostolic constitution. So much so, that we can talk about a new Apostolic constitution for the Roman Curia.”

As in October, their schedules will be divided into morning and afternoon sessions. However, the cardinals will continue working even when not officially in session.

FR. FEDERICO LOMBARDI
Vatican Spokesperson
"We can expect that in the next few days, the Council will invite the new secretary of state to the meeting.”

The Vatican said Msgr. Parolin's invitation will be merely to congratulate him, and not for working purposes.

The next round of meetings will be in February, before the Pope's consistory to create new cardinals. Those meeting will have special guests: the commission of experts that advises the Pope on financial and administrative changes to the Vatican City-State.

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