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Council of Cardinals concludes 4-day session

Catholic World News - July 04, 2014

The Council of Cardinals concluded a 4-day working session on July 4, turning its attention to the offices of the Roman Curia after previous discussions on the Secretariat of State, the Vatican City government, and the Vatican bank.

“Decisions were not made, but more detailed proposals were offered,” the Vatican press office announced as the meetings drew to a close. The Council of Cardinals is expected to produce a suggested framework for reorganizing the offices of the Roman Curia.

The brief Vatican announcement on the meetings may have provided a clue to the cardinals’ thinking by saying that during a Friday morning session, the Council reflected on the Family and the Laity. Some prelates have suggested that a Congregation for the Laity should be established, matching the importance given to the existing Congregation for Clergy and Congregation for Religious.

The next full working sessions of the Council of Cardinals are scheduled for September 15 to 17, with further meetings planned in December and in February 2015.

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