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Council of Cardinals recommends another new Vatican office

June 08, 2016

The Council of Cardinals concluded its 15th session on June 8, presenting Pope Francis with a proposal for the creation of a new Vatican office for "Charity, Justice, and Peace."

The new dicastery would handle tasks that are now divided among several existing offices: the Pontifical Councils for Justice and Peace, for Health Care, for Migrants, and the papal charity Cor Unum. 

During its three-day session this week, the Council of Cardinals also discussed other Vatican offices, continuing work on the preparation of a new apostolic constitution defining the structure and responsibilities of the Roman Curia. A Vatican statement at the conclusion of the meeting said that the reform of the Curia will aim at "simplification, harmonization of the tasks of the different organisms, and possible forms of decentralization in relation with the episcopal conferences."

The cardinals-- and Pope Francis, who attended the meetings except on Wednesday when he held his regular weekly public audience-- heard updates on the work of the Secretariat for the Economy, the papal commission on sexual abuse, and the Secretariat for Communications. 

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