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Council of Cardinals meets, hones proposals on Vatican reforms

February 10, 2015

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The Council of Cardinals is meeting at the Vatican this week, to discuss reforms in the Roman Curia that will be presented to the full College of Cardinals.

The meeting of the Council of Cardinals—now informally known as the Council of Nine or simply C9—is the first in a series of major events at the Vatican this week. On Thursday and Friday the entire College of Cardinals will gather, to discuss plans for reform of the Roman Curia. On Saturday and Sunday, Pope Francis will elevate 20 new cardinals at a consistory.

On February 10, the C9 cardinals spoke with Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi about the Pontifical Council for Culture, which he heads. That council, along with several others, could be merged into larger units as part of the program for streamlining the Curia.

The C9 also heard from Msgr. Paul Tighe, the secretary of a commission brought together by Pope Francis to recommend a restructuring of the Vatican’s media operations. The commission is expected to complete its work and make its proposals in the spring.


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