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Council of Cardinals discussed appointment of bishops, papal nuncios

September 14, 2016

The Council of Cardinals focused on the appointment of new bishops and of apostolic nuncios during a three-day meeting at the Vatican this week.

Briefing reporters about the meeting, Vatican spokesman Greg Burke said that the nine cardinals discussed the functions of various offices of the Roman Curia, particularly the Congregations for Bishops, for Clergy, and for Catholic Education. They also considered the work of apostolic nuncios, particularly their involvement in the selection of new bishops. "The cardinals reflected extensively on the spiritual and pastoral profile necessary for a bishop today," Burke said.

As usual, Pope Francis participated in the meetings of the Council, except on Wednesday when he held his weekly public audience. 

The next meeting of the Council of Cardinals is scheduled fo December 12- 14. The Council is designed to provide Pope Francis with recommendations for the reform of the Roman Curia.

 
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