2016-09-14 14:27:00

Greg Burke briefs reporters on C9 meeting

(Vatican Radio) The Council of Nine Cardinals, who are Pope Francis’ special advisors on the reform of the Roman Curia and on other aspects of governance and administration of the universal Church, held a regularly scheduled meeting this week, which opened on Monday, September 12th, and concluded Wednesday, September 14th.

The Director of the Press Office of the Holy See, Greg Burke, briefed reporters on the three days of sessions on Wednesday morning.

During the course of the briefing it emerged that the meeting, which took place over morning and afternoon sessions in which the Holy Father took part,  were devoted in large part to further considerations about the way in which the various departments the Curia can better serve the mission of the Church, and focused in particular on the Congregations for the Clergy, for Bishops, and for Catholic Education, as well as on the work of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity.

The Cardinals also addressed the issue of the diplomatic service of the Holy See: the training and tasks of Apostolic Nuncios, with particular attention to the weighty responsibility they have in assisting the selection of candidates for the episcopate.

The theme of “diakonia – or loving and freely given service – in the cause of justice” was another major focus, as was the presentation of an extensive dossier on the role of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity.

The C-9 Cardinals examined the most recent steps taken in the process of Curial reform, particularly the establishment of the new Dicastery for Integral Human Development. The Secretariat for Communications delivered a dossier to the Cardinals on the progress reform in that sector, and detailed the planned next steps.

The Prefect of the Secretariat of Economy, Card. George Pell, reported on the latest developments of the office, and Cardinal Sean O'Malley illustrated the recent work of the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors.

The next meeting of the Council of Cardinals will take place on the 12th, 13th, and 14th of December, 2016.

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