Pope opens cardinals’ discussion of Curia reform; new offices explained

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February 14, 2015

Cardinal O'Malley, Cardinal Laurent Monsengwo arrive for meeting with Pope Francis at Vatican

Cardinal Sean P. O’Malley of Boston, Pope Francis and Cardinal Laurent Monsengwo Pasinya of Kinshasa, Congo, arrive for a meeting in the synod hall at the Vatican Feb. 13. The pope, cardinals and cardinals-designate were meeting for two days to discuss the reform of the Roman Curia in advance of a Feb. 14 consistory, at which the pope will create 20 new cardinals. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Cardinals meeting at the Vatican discussed better ways to balance the responsibilities of local bishops and of the Roman Curia, said the Vatican spokesman.

A recurring theme in the cardinals’ Feb. 12-13 meeting was “what is it that is done best where,” Jesuit Father Federico Lombardi told journalists Feb. 13 during a pause in College of Cardinals’ discussions.

About 40 of the 164 cardinals present in the Vatican’s synod hall spoke Feb. 12 about the proposal to reform the Roman Curia, he said. A number of them brought up the subject of “decentralization” and “the relationship between the Curia and the local churches, the episcopal conferences” as a fundamental part of how best to serve the church and the world, Father Lombardi said.

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