Pope, cardinal council begin work on reorganising Roman Curia

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Pope Francis and the Council of Cardinals have begun their discussions on specific ways to reorganise the Roman Curia, looking first at the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Sacraments, reports the Catholic News Service.

The Vatican spokesman, Father Federico Lombardi, the spokesman, told reporters yesterday: 'They have to start somewhere,' but declined to provide more information about why the congregation responsible for liturgy was the first to be examined.

Spanish media have reported that Cardinal Antonio Canizares Llovera, congregation prefect, will conclude his five-year appointment on December 9 and could be named the next archbishop of Madrid.

Father Lombardi, who spoke with council members during their morning break on the first day of the December 3-5 meeting, said they emphasised that they were looking 'in depth' at the curia and ways of restructuring it, not at 'small touch ups.'

'The idea is not small or marginal changes, but that of a consistent revision of the apostolic constitution, to the point that a completely new constitution on the Roman Curia is expected,' he said.

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Pope, cardinal council begin work on reorganizing Roman Curia (CNS)

Curia reform: The liturgy comes under scrutiny (Vatican Insider)

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