Cardinal Julian Herranz: The Consistory is "A Moment of Grace"

Cardinals Updated on Curia Reform on Consistory’s First Day

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The College of Cardinals met this Thursday in the Synod Hall, on the occasion of the Consistory for the creation of new Cardinals, in which they will be informed on the progress made in the reform of the Curia by the Council of Cardinals, also known as the C9, established by Pope Francis to assist him in his work.

As he came out of the first session of the Consistory, Cardinal Julian Herranz, President Emeritus of the Pontifical Council for the Interpretation of Legal Texts, said to ZENIT that this is “a moment of grace, because to meet with this Pope is already an occasion of the grace of God.’

“There is much talk of the Holy Spirit and one sees when the Pope speaks and acts that the Holy Spirit leads him really well, and he is strong with the prayers of the whole Church,” he added.

Asked about this morning’s works, Cardinal Herranz explained that “today was essentially a report, an exposition of the fundamental lines of the reform […], and they have all done it very well.”</p>

In this same line, he pointed out that “the College of Cardinals has been informed in parts by the Council of the Nine Cardinals.” ”We received information earlier, which we discussed today. And the Pope also spoke,” he continued. Moreover, the Coordinator referred to the work carried out by the Council of Nine Cardinals since its establishment and especially in the line of the reform of the Curia.”

The Spanish Cardinal ended his statements to ZENIT pointing out that there has been the possibility to intervene. “During these days, today and tomorrow, the microphone will be open to all the Cardinals so that each one can say what he wishes.”

For his part, the Archbishop of Rio de Janeiro, Cardinal Orani Joao Tempesta, highlighted the “tranquil and affable atmosphere” among the Cardinals in the quest for joint work to modify the Curia.”

The Consistory is a meeting of Cardinals to address issues of particular importance for the Church and, in this case, for the new organization of the Roman Curia.

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Sergio Mora

Buenos Aires, Argentina Estudios de periodismo en el Istituto Superiore di Comunicazione de Roma y examen superior de italiano para extranjeros en el Instituto Dante Alighieri de Roma. Periodista profesional de la Associazione Stampa Estera en Italia, y publicista de la Orden de periodistas de Italia. Fue corresponsal adjunto del diario español El País de 2000 a 2004, colaborador de los programas en español de la BBC y de Radio Vaticano. Fue director del mensual Expreso Latino, realizó 41 programas en Sky con Babel TV. Actualmente además de ser redactor de ZENIT colabora con diversos medios latinoamericanos.

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