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Pope holds listening session with leaders of Roman Curia

September 10, 2013

Pope Francis met on September 10 with the leaders of the Roman Curia, to hear their thoughts on the prospects for Vatican reform.

A brief statement issued by the Vatican press office after the 3-hour meeting indicated that the Pope had convened the meeting “to listen to the considerations and advice offered by the highest-ranking figures in the Roman Curia and the Pope's main collaborators in Rome.” Pope reportedly made a short introductory statement, welcoming the Vatican officials, and then spent the remainder of the session listening to their comments.

Father Federico Lombardi, the papal spokesman, declined to reveal the topics that were discussed, citing “the private nature of the meeting.” He did, however, say that the meeting of Curial officials was in line with suggestions made by many cardinals before the conclave that elected Pope Francis.

The Vatican statement released after the meeting pointed out that the Pope had met with all Curial leaders individually in the weeks since his election. Having arranged a meeting at which all the Vatican officials could participate in a discussion of possible reforms, the Pontiff will next convene an October meeting of the 8-cardinal council that he appointed to advise him.


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  • Posted by: chady - Sep. 10, 2013 7:11 PM ET USA

    We commend Pope Francis to you Holy Mother. Bear him up with your prayers and consolation. Help and guide him to manage the necessary reforms within the Church. Grant him wisdom to choose people of humility, integrity and diligence to serve your Church and to further the Gospel message of your Son Jesus Christ. Amen.