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Cardinals discuss curial changes, decentralization

February 10, 2016

The Council of Cardinals—the body established by Pope Francis in 2013 to assist him in the reform of the Curia—has concluded its thirteenth meeting, which took place on February 8 and 9.

Father Federico Lombardi, the director of the Holy See Press Office, said that during the meeting’s three sessions, in which Pope Francis took part, the members of the council discussed the Pope’s call in October for a “healthy decentralization” in ecclesial governance. 

The cardinals also finalized their proposal for two new curial dicasteries—Laity, Family and Life and Justice, Peace and Migration—for the Pope’s consideration and discussed changes to the Secretariat of State and Congregation for Divine Worship. These latter discussions, said Father Lombardi, are a “work in progress.”


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