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A key step

· Pope Francis appoints members of the Council for the Economy ·

Pope Francis named the members of the new structure for the coordination of the economic and administrative matters of the Holy See and Vatican City State, appointing on 8 March, eight Cardinals and 7 laypeople to the Council for the Economy, created with the Motu Proprio Fidelis dispensator et prudens on 24 February:

— Cardinal Reinhard Marx, Archbishop of Munich and Freising, Federal Republic of Germany (Coordinator)

— Cardinal Juan Luis Cipriani Thorne, Archbishop of Lima, Peru

— Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo, Archbishop of Galveston-Houston, USA

— Cardinal Wilfrid Fox Napier, OFM, Archbishop of Durban, South Africa

— Cardinal Jean-Pierre Ricard, Archbishop of Bordeaux, France

— Cardinal Norberto Rivera Carrera, Archbishop of Mexico, Mexico

— Cardinal John Tong Hon, Bishop of Hong Kong, China

— Cardinal Agostino Vallini, Vicar General of His Holiness for the Diocese of Rome, Italy

— Mr Joseph F.X. Zahra, Malta (Vice-Coordinator)

— Mr Jean-Baptiste de Franssu, France

— Mr John Kyle, Canada

— Mr Enrique Llano Cueto, Spain

— Mr Jochen Messemer, Federal Republic of Germany

— Mr Francesco Vermiglio, Italy

— Mr George Yeo, Singapore

In a statement by the Director of the Holy See Press Office, Fr Federico Lombardi, emphasized that Cardinals Cipriani Thorne, Napier, Rivera Carrera, Ricard, Hong Ton, Vallini, as well as Cardinal George Pell, the new Prefect of the Secretariat for the Economy, were all members of the Council for the Study of Organizational and Economic Problems of the Holy See, which no longer exists. Cardinal Marx and Cardinal Pell are both members of the Council of Cardinals to aid the Holy Father in the reform of the Apostolic Constitution Pastor Bonus, and the governance of the universal Church.

The relationship between the Council and the Secretariat for the Economy will be defined by their statutes; the Council is understood to be a organization having full authority to act, and is not merely an advisory body of the later. The different geographical areas represented by the various members of the Council represents the Church’s universality. The establishment of the Council is a key step towards the consolidation of the existing management structures of the Holy See, which is meant to improve the coordination and supervision of economic and administrative issues.

The first meeting is scheduled for May.

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