Click here to advertise on

Pope Francis confirms leadership of 3 Vatican departments

Catholic World News - March 31, 2014

Pope Francis has confirmed the leadership of one curial congregation and two pontifical councils.

Cardinal João Braz de Aviz, who was appointed prefect of the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life in 2011, will remain in his post. Archbishop José Rodríguez Carballo, OFM, has served as the congregation’s secretary since April.

Remaining in their current positions at the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue are Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran, president since 2007, and Father Miguel Ángel Ayuso Guixot, MCCI, who has served as secretary since 2012.

Remaining in their current positions at the Pontifical Council for Culture are Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi, president since 2007; Bishop Carlos Alberto de Pinho Moreira Azevedo, delegate since 2011; and Bishop Barthélemy Adoukonou, who has served as secretary since 2009.

Pope Francis confirmed all the members and consultors of the two pontifical councils while adding several appointments of his own. At the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life, he retained 12 previous members while appointing 32 new members. The majority of the new members are superiors of religious communities or diocesan bishops who are also members of religious communities.

Additional sources for this story
Some links will take you to other sites, in a new window.

An appeal from our founder, Dr. Jeffrey Mirus:

Dear reader: If you found the information on this page helpful in your pursuit of a better Catholic life, please support our work with a donation. Your donation will help us reach seven million Truth-seeking readers worldwide this year. Thank you!

Our Fall Campaign
Progress toward our year-end goal ($26,341 to go):
$150,000.00 $123,658.96
18% 82%
Sound Off! supporters weigh in.

All comments are moderated. To lighten our editing burden, only current donors are allowed to Sound Off. If you are a donor, log in to see the comment form; otherwise please support our work, and Sound Off!

There are no comments yet for this item.

Fall 2014 Campaign
Subscribe for free
Shop Amazon
Click here to advertise on

Recent Catholic Commentary

Denial of Service Attack: Success! 10 hours ago
Federal debt as a social-justice concern 12 hours ago
Another side of Francis: US-Cuba role shows Pope's diplomatic muscle December 18
Silly season: a Christmas approaches, a scholar questions whether Jesus ever existed December 18
The intrinsic immorality of torture: still not convinced? December 18

Top Catholic News

Most Important Stories of the Last 30 Days
Pope Francis: Europe seems 'elderly and haggard' CWN - November 25
Pope Francis, Ecumenical Patriarch sign joint declaration, lament persecution of Christians CWN - December 1
Consistory for new cardinals scheduled for February CWN - December 11
Vatican report on US women religious calls for further self-assessment CWN - December 16
Pope brokered deal to open US-Cuba ties CWN - December 17