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Vatican reform process 'nearly complete,' C9 member says


Pope Francis leads the 18th meeting of his international Council of Cardinals at the Vatican Feb. 13. Pictured from left are: Cardinal Giuseppe Bertello, president of the commission governing Vatican City State; Cardinal Laurent Monsengwo Pasinya of Kinshasa, Congo; Cardinal Sean P. O'Malley of Boston; Cardinal Reinhard Marx of Munich and Freising, Germany; Cardinal Pietro Parolin, Vatican secretary of state; Pope Francis; Bishop Marcello Semeraro of Albano, Italy, secretary of the council; Cardinal Oscar Rodriguez Maradiaga, coordinator of the council; Cardinal Oswald Gracias of Mumbai, India; Cardinal Francisco Javier Errazuriz Ossa, retired archbishop of Santiago, Chile; Cardinal George Pell, head of the Secretariat for the Economy. (CNS photo/L'Osservatore Romano, handout)

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VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Pope Francis' international Council of Cardinals -- the so-called C9 -- is nearly done with its work of advising the pope on a major reform of the Vatican bureaucracy, the secretary of the council said.

Bishop Marcello Semeraro of Albano, secretary of Pope Francis' Council of Cardinals, told Vatican Radio Sept. 11 that "as far as the reform process of the Roman Curia is concerned, it is even more than three-quarters of the way there -- it is almost complete."

"It is nearly complete at the level of proposals made to the pope," he said.

The Council of Cardinals met at the Vatican Sept. 11-13. Pope Francis, who returned from his visit to Colombia Sept. 11, did not attend the first day's meeting.

Greg Burke, Vatican spokesman, told journalists Sept. 13 that "among the themes of the discussion (were) the curia as an instrument of evangelization and service for the pope and the local churches; decentralization; the role of apostolic nunciatures; the selection and competence of personnel, less clerical and more international, with an increase in young people and women."

The cardinals also discussed the pope's recent document, "Magnum Principium" ("The Great Principle"), which made several changes to the Code of Canon Law regarding translations of the Mass and other liturgical texts.

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