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22nd Meeting of Council of Cardinals Concludes

‘C9’ Continued Discussions on Curia Reform

Greg Burke, Director of the Holy See Press Office, has reiterated that Pope Francis and the Council of Cardinals are continuing to discuss curial reform.

During a briefing held this afternoon in the Holy See Press Office, the Vatican spokesman informed journalists about the 22nd Session of the “Council of Cardinals,” often called the “C9,” which began Monday and ends this afternoon in the Vatican.

Director Burke noted that the Pope participated in all, but this morning’s meeting, due to his weekly General Audience.

The working sessions were held in the morning from 9:00 am to 12:30 pm, and in the afternoon, from 4:30 pm to 7:00 pm, and were dedicated to further considerations on several dicasteries of the Curia. 

According to the statement released by the Holy See Press Office, they discussed, in particular, Vatican media reform and the new Vatican dicasteries.

Continuing to reflect on the Roman Curia, the cardinals present–Greg Burke explained–examined in particular the Vatican’s Pontifical Council for Culture, and Congregations for Clergy, the Evangelization of Peoples, and Catholic Education.

They also dedicated time reviewing reports from Cardinal Kevin Farrell, the Prefect of the new Dicastery for Laity, Family and Life, and from Fr. Michael Czerny and Fr. Fabio Baggio, the priests leading, under the Holy Father’s direction the Section for Migrants and Refugees of the Dicastery for Integral Human Development, led by Card. Peter Kodwo Appiah Turkson.

The main goal, when looking at the Curia, the Vatican spokesman stressed, involved promoting a ‘spirit of service’ throughout all its structures and operations.

Prefect of the Secretariat for Communication of the Holy See, Msgr. Dario Edoardo Viganò, presented during the working sessions, various updates about Vatican communications, including an upcoming launch of the new VaticanNews multimedia portal.

Greg Burke concluded his briefing reminding the journalists present that this last session was primarily a look back at the progress accomplished so far.

This 22nd Session of the Council of Cardinals marks their last gathering for the year, and their next meeting is scheduled for Feb. 26-28, 2018.

About Deborah Castellano Lubov

Deborah Castellano Lubov is a Vatican & Rome Correspondent for ZENIT; author of 'The Other Francis' ('L'Altro Francesco') featuring interviews with those closest to the Pope and preface by Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Parolin (currently published in four languages). She often covers the Pope's travels abroad, at times from the papal flight, and has done television and radio commentary, including for Vatican Radio and BBC. She is a contributor to National Catholic Register, UK Catholic Herald, Our Sunday Visitor, Inside the Vatican, and other Catholic news outlets. She has also collaborated with the Vatican in various projects, including an internship at the Pontifical Council for Social Communications, and is a collaborator with NBC Universal, NBC News, Euronews, EWTN and Salt & Light. For 'The Other Francis': https://www.amazon.com/Other-Francis-Everything-They-about/dp/0852449348/

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