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April 14, 2013 - Holy Father Appoints Group Of Cardinals To Advise Him On Church Government And Revision Plan of Apostolic Constitution On Roman Curia

Vatican Statement on Cardinal Sean Appointment

"Cardinal O'Malley's appointment to the newly created Papal Advisory Group for the reform of the Roman Curia is very significant.  The Cardinal's pastoral and administrative  skills on a national and international level have revealed a church leader who has handled some of the most complex situations in the American Church.  He has offered "best practices" of church governance to the universal church, particularly in his response to the abuse crisis.  Cardinal Sean is highly respected, admired and loved throughout the world, and this was clearly evidenced during the recent events in Rome.  As a member of the Franciscan (Capuchin) family, he has much in common with Pope Francis."

-Fr. Thomas Rosica, C.S.B., head of Canada's Salt and Light Catholic Television Network and recent Vatican English language spokesperson during the Papal Transition

Vatican Announcement

POPE FRANCIS APPOINTS GROUP OF CARDINALS TO ADVISE HIM ON CHURCH GOVERNMENT AND REVISION PLAN OF APOSTOLIC CONSTITUTION ON ROMAN CURIA

Vatican City, 13 April 2013 (VIS) – Following is the full text of a communique issued today by the Secretariat of State.

“The Holy Father Francis, taking up a suggestion that emerged during the General Congregations preceding the Conclave, has established a group of cardinals to advise him in the government of the universal Church and to study a plan for revising the Apostolic Constitution on the Roman Curia, 'Pastor Bonus'.

The group consists of:

Cardinal Giuseppe Bertello, president of the Governorate of Vatican City State;
Cardinal Francisco Javier Errazuriz Ossa, archbishop emeritus of Santiago de Chile, Chile;
Cardinal Oswald Gracias, archbishop of Bombay, India;
Cardinal Reinhard Marx, archbishop of Munich and Freising, Germany;
Cardinal Laurent Monsengwo Pasinya, archbishop of Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo;
Cardinal Sean Patrick O'Malley O.F.M., archbishop of Boston, USA;
Cardinal George Pell, archbishop of Sydney, Australia;
Cardinal Oscar Andres Rodriguez Maradiaga, S.D.B., archbishop of Tegucigalpa, Honduras, in the role of coordinator;
Bishop Marcello Semeraro of Albano, Italy, in the role of secretary.

The group's first meeting has been scheduled for 1-3 October 2013. His Holiness is, however, currently in contact with the aforementioned cardinals.”