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Vatican officials discuss proposals for reform of Roman Curia

November 24, 2014

Pope Francis met on November 24 with ranking Vatican officials, to discuss proposals for an overhaul of the Roman Curia.

The meeting was called to brief the officials on proposals that have been discussed by the Council of Cardinals, and to provide an opportunity for current leaders of the Curia to comment on those plans.

The meeting lasted for three hours. Virtually all of the prefects of Vatican congregations and presidents of pontifical councils took part in the session, reported Father Federico Lombardi, the director of the Vatican press office.

Bishop Marcello Semeraro, the secretary of the Council of Cardinals, opened the discussions by outlining the changes that have been suggested in the structure of Vatican offices. None of these proposals have been made public, but there are widespread rumors that existing Vatican offices will be merged to form a more streamlined bureaucracy.

Father Lombardi said that an overall proposal for Curial reform is not yet imminent. The Council of Cardinals will resume discussions of the proposals at its next meeting, scheduled for December 9- 11. Eventually the Pope is expected to release a new apostolic constitution reforming the Vatican offices, updating the changes made by St. John Paul II with Pastor Bonus in 1988.


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