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Vatican: Pope Appoints Members of Commission on Reserved Affairs

Cardinal Kevin Farrell Is Appointed President

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On September 29, 2020, Pope Francis appointed the first five members of the Vatican’s Commission for Reserved Affairs: Cardinal Kevin Farrell, Prefect of the Dicastery for the Laity, the Family, and Life, is the President, and Monsignor Filippo Iannone, President of the Pontifical Council for the Interpretation of Legislative Texts, is the Secretary.

The Commission, foreseen in the new law promulgated last June 1 to save money and fight against corruption, will be concerned with “reserved affairs.” It will supervise contracts entered into directly by the Secretariat of State and the Governorate, especially those of an international dimension, which include a confidentiality clause that affects the office and security of the Pope, the Holy See, and the universal Church, or that guarantee the sovereignty and independence of the Holy See (Cf. Article 4 of the Code of Tenders and Public Contracts).

According to a Holy See press release, published on October 5, three additional appointments were made to the Commission: Monsignor Fernando Vergez Alzaga (Secretary-General of the Governorate); Monsignor Nunzio Galantino (President of the Apostolic See’s Administration of the Patrimony), and Father Juan Antonio Guerrero (Prefect of the Secretariat of Economy).

In a Motu Proprio promulgating this law, the Pope emphasized the “general principle” of the administration of the Vatican’s public goods, which he compared to “the diligence of a good father of a family.” The endeavor is to save money, but also to be “faithful and honest” in the administration of the small State.

He called for the sustainable use of internal funds, transparency, “fair treatment of and non-discrimination of the bidders,” through measures to combat a conflict of interests, illegal competence agreements, and corruption.

Thus the Vatican is committed to “economic, effective and efficient” management and the rationalization of expenses, to avoid any distortion of competence.”

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Anne Kurian-Montabone

Laurea in Teologia (2008) alla Facoltà di teologia presso l'Ecole cathedrale di Parigi. Ha lavorato 8 anni per il giornale settimanale francese France Catholique" e participato per 6 mese al giornale "Vocation" del servizio vocazionale delle chiesa di Parigi. Co-autore di un libro sulla preghiera al Sacro Cuore. Dall'ottobre 2011 è Collaboratrice della redazione francese di Zenit."

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