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For a new dicastery
on charity, justice and peace

· Council of Cardinals concludes fifteenth meeting ·

The Council of Cardinals has delivered its proposal to Pope Francis for a new dicastery on “charity, justice and peace”, and has also completed its investigation on the revision of different Congregations: the Doctrine of the Faith, Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, Causes of the Saints, the Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life. This was reported by Fr Federico Lombardi, Director of the Holy See Press Office, on Wednesday morning, 8 June, in a briefing on the Council of Cardinals’ fifteenth meeting, which opened on Monday morning, 6 June, and concluded on Wednesday evening, 8 June.

The new dicastery is expected to incorporate the existing compentencies of the Pontifical Councils for Justice and Peace, Cor Unum, for Health Care Workers, for the Pastoral Care of Migrants and Itinerant People.
During the meetings – at which all the members of the council were present as was the Pope, with the exception of Wednesday morning due to the general audience – consultations were dedicated to the further consideration of various departments of the Roman Curia, which was already a subject of reflection in previous meetings, in view of the new apostolic constitution. In particular: the Congregation for Bishops, the Secretariat of State, the Congregation for Catholic Education, for the Eastern Churches, for the Clergy, the Pontifical Councils of Culture, for the Promotion of Christian Unity, and for Interreligious Dialogue.

Father Lombardi also explained some of the criteria applied over the course of the reflections: the simplification, harmonization of the tasks of the various entities, and possible forms of decentralization in favour of the Bishops’ Conferences.

Cardinal Marx, Coordinator of the Council for the Economy, and Cardinal Pell, Prefect of the Secretariat for the Economy, presented a follow-up communication on the topics covered. Msgr Dario Edoardo Viganò, Prefect of the Secretariat for Communications, outlined the progress of reform in Holy See communications. He also spoke about the ongoing consideration of organization and process of production, and in particular the integration of Vatican Radio and the Vatican Television Center, which will take place this year. The Council expressed gratitude and encouragement for proceeding along the chosen path.
Cardinal O’Malley provided an update on the activities of the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors and introduced an exchange of reflections on the new motu proprio “As a loving mother”, promulgated last Saturday, 4 June.

This year the Council will meet again from 12 to 14 September and 12 to 14 December.

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