Pope Francis confirms leadership of 2 curial departments
February 19, 2014
Three days before a consistory in which he will create 19 new cardinals, Pope Francis has confirmed the leadership of the Congregation for the Eastern Churches and the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity.
Cardinal Leonardo Sandri, who was appointed prefect of the Congregation for the Eastern Churches in 2007, and Archbishop Cyril Vasil’, SJ, who was appointed secretary in 2009, will remain in their posts.
Also remaining in their current positions are Cardinal Kurt Koch, president of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity since 2010, and Bishop Brian Farrell, LC, who has served as secretary since 2002.
In his 11 months as Pontiff, Pope Francis has appointed a new secretary general of the Synod of Bishops, a new Secretary of State, and a new prefect of the Congregation for the Clergy. He has confirmed the prefects of the Congregations for the Doctrine of the Faith, Causes of Saints, Bishops, Evangelization of Peoples, and Catholic Education in their positions.