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Staff reductions likely for Roman Curia?

November 19, 2013

Some Vatican officials expect a major reduction in the staff of the Roman Curia, with priests who are now serving on the Vatican staff being returned to their diocese, the Catholic News Agency (CNA) reports.

An unidentified Vatican source told CNA that the Congregation for Clergy will be the first Vatican dicastery to see significant personnel losses. Four priests who worked at that Congregation have already returned to diocesan assignments.

Another unidentified source said that Pope Francis plans reforms that would reduce the size of Vatican departments, giving more authority to local diocesan bishops. The Pope has indicated that he is planning reforms for the Roman Curia, although he has not yet indicated what form the changes will take.


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