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Pope wants more lay leadership in Rome, Archbishop Farrell says

August 23, 2016

"The Holy Father would like to see lay people much more involved in the administration of the Church in Rome," says the newly appointed prefect of the dicastery for Laity, Family, and Life.

Archbishop Kevin Farrell discloses that he was caught completely by surprise when the Pontiff called him in May to speak with him about the new Vatican post. When an aide said that the Pope was on the phone, he recalled, the archbishop thought it was a joke—"probably one of my bishop or priest friends just calling up imitating the Pope." 

 
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