Pope Francis and the eight members of his international Council of Cardinals have begun their discussions on specific ways to reorganize the Roman Curia with the aim of "a renewal that will truly be a service to the universal church," the Vatican spokesman said.
On the second day of the council's Dec. 3-5
meeting, Jesuit Father Federico Lombardi, the spokesman, said the
cardinals planned to discuss the work of each congregation and,
hopefully, each pontifical council. They had begun, he said, with the
Congregation for Divine Worship and the Sacraments.
Father Lombardi had
told reporters Dec. 3, "They have to start somewhere," but declined to
provide more information about why the congregation responsible for
liturgy was the first to be examined. Spanish media have reported that
Cardinal Antonio Canizares Llovera, congregation prefect, will conclude
his five-year appointment Dec. 9 and could be named the next archbishop
The Vatican spokesman continued to insist journalists and
other observers should not expect changes to the curia to be announced
quickly because Pope Francis and the Council of Cardinals were committed
to a complete overhaul of Vatican structures "in light of the
expectations expressed by the College of Cardinals before the conclave"
that elected Pope Francis in March.