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Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Report about this weeks work accomplished by the Council of Cardinals

At noon today, the Associate Director of the Holy See Press Centre, Paloma García Ovejero, held a briefing concerning the XVIII meeting of the Council of Cardinals with the Holy Father, Pope Francis.

The Council of Cardinals met with the Holy Father for three days: Monday 13, Tuesday 14 and Wednesday 15 February.  All the members of the Council were in attendance.

Pope Francis was absent on Monday during the second part of the morning since he was meeting with the bishops of Costa Rica who are in Rome for their visit Ad Limina Apostolorum, and again this morning while he was attending the General Audience.  His Holiness will be present for the gathering of the Council this afternoon.

On Monday and Tuesday, the Cardinals celebrated Mass with the Holy Father at the Casa Santa Marta.

On Monday (13 February), following the initial consultations, the Cardinals released a declaration via the Holy See Press Centre.

The working sessions took place during the morning from 9:00am to 12:30pm and during the afternoons from 4:30pm until 7:00pm and were dedicated to the final considerations being given to various Dicasteries of the Curia: in particular, there was a discussion concerning the Congregation for Evangelization of Peoples (Propaganda Fide); the Congregation for Oriental Churches; and the Pontifical Council for Inter-religious Dialogue.

The Cardinals have begun their examination of Diaconia of Justice, and therefore a considerable amount of time was dedicated to the various Tribunals: the Apostolic Penitentiary, the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura and the Tribunal of the Roman Rota.

The Council is also discussing possible revisions to the process of selecting candidates to the Episcopacy.

His Eminence, Cardinal George Pell reported on the work of the Secretariat for the Economy which has been entrusted to him - the full realization of economic reforms requested by the Holy Father, with particular attention to the activity of training provided for personnel and for human resources.

The Prefect of the Secretariat for Communications, Reverend Monsignor Dario Edoardo Viganò, presented his report about the revisions being effected for the Holy See's communications, including the amalgamation of Radio Vaticana and the Vatican Television Centre under the direction of the Dicastery that has been entrusted to his care.  A series of working meetings have begun with hte Secretariat of State and the Secretariat of the Economy, APSA and the Labour Office in order to accompany this new phase of the reforms.  In addition, Monsignor Viganò presented the plan for restructuring the radio frequencies and the new policy for the worldwide social network.

Finally, the Cardinals reflected on the plans for reforms of the Vatican Publishing House (Libreria Editrice Vaticana).

The next meetings of the Council of Cardinals will take place from April 24 to 26, 2017.
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