Vatican sources have stated that the plenary assembly dealt with problems relating to internal communication and the phrasing and checking of documents.
These types of meeting, where all Vatican “ministers” are called together, are scheduled haphazardly.
In recent times they have tended to take place twice a year so as to allow a broad discussion of topics on the agenda.
The meeting in question was held in the Vatican’s Bologna Hall.
The last meeting of its kind took place on 13 June 2011 and was defined as a meeting to coordinate the Curia.
The last meeting of this breadth and with the same levels of participation, was held on 12 November 2010.
One of the issues discussed, was the dicastery for the New evangelisation, led by Mgr. Rino Fisichella, which at the time was still in the process of being established.