Pope Francis has received in audience the members of the Council for the Economy on the occasion of their first meeting at the Vatican this morning.
Underlining the Church’s “awareness of her responsibility to protect and manage prudently her assets in the light of her mission of evangelisation, with particular care for the needy,” Pope Francis said, “We must not stray from this path. Everything, transparency, efficiency, everything is for this purpose. It is all for this.”
The Pope stressed the Holy See is called upon to carry out this mission, to pay special attention to its responsibility to the universal Church, and to not forget that this challenge reflects the wish to implement the necessary reform of the Roman Curia to serve better the Church and Peter’s mission.
“A significant challenge that takes loyalty and prudence. The path will not be easy and will require courage and determination.”
He said, “The work of the Council is of great weight and importance, and will offer a fundamental contribution to the service performed by Roman Curia and the various administrations of the Holy See.”
The Holy Father had greeted Cardinal Reinhard Marx, archbishop of Munchen und Freising, Germany and coordinator of the Council for the Economy, and reminded the members present that the Council is made up of eight cardinals and seven laypersons, and that the latter are fully-fledged members of the new council. He said, “They are not second class members.” (D.C.L.)
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