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A group of Cardinals to advise the Pope

· Communiqué from the Secretariat of State ·

The suggestion that emerged from the general congregations preceding the Conclave

Following a suggestion made during the General Congregations  that preceded the Conclave,  Pope Francis has established a group of cardinals to advise him in the governance of the universal Church and to study a project for the revision of the Apostolic Constitution Pastor Bonus on the Roman Curia.

This group consists of: Cardinal Giuseppe Bertello, President of the Governorate of Vatican City State; Cardinal Francisco Javier Errázuriz 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 the Congo); Cardinal Sean Patrick O’Malley, ofm Cap, Archbishop of Boston (USA); Cardinal George Pell, Archbishop of Sydney  (Australia); Cardinal Oscar Andrés Rodríguez Maradiaga, SDB, Archbishop of Tegucigalpa  (Honduras), with the office of Coordinator; Bishop Marcello Semeraro of  Albano, with the office of Secretary.

The first meeting of the whole groups has been arranged for 1 - 3 October 2013. The Pope will be contacting the aforesaid Cardinals immediately.




St. Peter’s Square

Dec. 8, 2019