The work of the eight-cardinal group advising Pope Francis on reforming the church's central bureaucracy is likely to go on for months, the Vatican said on Wednesday, reports NCR Online.
The Council of Cardinals is only in 'the first phase of the journey that will require much more time,' said Vatican spokesman Fr Federico Lombardi at a press briefing.
'This goes much beyond the month of February,' when the cardinals are expected to meet again, Lombardi said.
Lombardi's briefing Wednesday followed a similar one by the spokesman Tuesday, in which he said the cardinals' group is studying not small changes but wide revisions of the Vatican bureaucracy, known as the Roman Curia.
On Wednesday, Lombardi reiterated that the cardinals are evaluating the work of each of the Vatican's offices 'one by one.' Among the offices Lombardi said they have evaluated so far are those concerned with the Church's liturgical celebrations, the process of declaring people saints, and the evangelisation of peoples.
'They are just making a first round in tackling all of the topics before going in depth,' Lombardi said Wednesday. The cardinals, he said, want to look 'at the general picture before going into the details.'
The Vatican has said the third meeting of the group will come February 17-18 in Rome, followed by an as-yet unscheduled meeting of the full body of some 200 cardinals around the world.
FULL STORY Cardinals' group expects curial reform to be long process (NCR Online)