Pope Francis appointed Polish Cardinal Stanislaw Rylko, Archpriest of Rome’s Marian Basilica of Saint Mary Major, a member of the Pontifical Commission for Vatican City State, reported the Holy See Press Office on August 11, 2018.
Currently, Cardinal Rylko is President Emeritus of the Pontifical Council for the Laity and Archpriest of the Papal Basilica of Saint Mary Major. He was appointed cardinal in 2007.
Pope Benedict XVI appointed him cardinal deacon of the Roman church of the Sacred Heart of Christ the King, during the meeting of the College of Cardinals on November 24, 2007. Cardinal Rylko will continue to be an cardinal elector until his birthday on July 4, 2025.
In addition to his main functions, on June 12, 2008 Benedict XVI appointed him a member of other Congregations of the Roman Curia, including the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, the Congregation for Bishops, and the Pontifical Commission for Latin America.
In August 2010, Cardinal Rylko presided over the Saturday night Vigil and final Eucharist of the Pilgrimage and Meeting of Young People, which took place from August 5-8 in Santiago de Compostela on the occasion of the Holy Year of Saint James.
As President of the Pontifical Council for the Laity, Cardinal Rylko gave the welcome address at the end of the opening Mass of the 26th World Youth Day, held in Madrid in 2011.
On December 28, 2016, he was appointed Archpriest and Administrator of Santa Maria Maggiore.