Second session of Council of Cardinal’s meetings: Pope Francis participates

This morning, 3 December, Pope Francis met with the Council of Cardinals, the group of eight cardinals assisting in the governance of the universal Church and examining a revision of the Apostolic Constitution Pastor bonus on the Roman Curia. Fr Federico Lombardi, Director of the Holy See Press Office, announced this in a briefing with journalists to explain the second session of the Cardinal’s meetings which will be taking place at the Vatican until Thursday, 5 December. The cardinals’ first session was held from 1 to 3 October. On the day’s agenda was “a thorough examination of the Roman Curia, which began with a reflection on the dicasteries”, starting with the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments. Fr Lombardi pointed out that “it will be a matter of readjusting: we want to go in depth. This is not a marginal improvement, but a substantial revision” of Pastor bonus in order to reach a new Apostolic Constitution on the Roman Curia. After having concelebrated at morning Mass with the Pope in the Chapel of Santa Marta, the small group, along with their secretary Bishop Marcello Semeraro, met in a room near the chapel. The agenda includes morning sessions from 9 am to 12:30 pm and from 4 to 7 pm. Fr Lombardi said that the tasks have been divided among the Cardinals based on personal experience, but the responsibility of making decisions is considered to be common and shared. Since the October session, the eight cardinals have collected extensive documentation and gathered other points of view, participating in meetings of their bishops’ conferences.

Source: L’Osservatore Romano

December 4, 2013
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The cardinal Cláudio Hummes, new prefect of th...

The cardinal Cláudio Hummes, new prefect of the Congregation for the Clergy, Roman Curia. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Nativity Scene at St. Peter’s to be called “”Francis 1223 – Francis 2013”




(Vatican Radio) “Francis 1223 – Francis 2013” is the title of this year’s nativity scene in St. Peter’s Square, marking the first Christmas of the pontificate of Pope Francis. For the first time, a Neapolitan crèche will be used in the exhibit, created by Antonio Cantone of the firm Cantone & Costabile. The nativity scenes of Naples are world famous, and the material was donated by the Archbishop of Naples, Cardinal Crescenzio Sepe, with the support of the president of the Region of Campania, Stefano Caldoro. The figures will be dressed in the clothing typical of 18th century Naples. The scene will be funded largely by donations from benefactors, limiting the expense of the Governorate of Vatican City State. In addition, the Bavarian community of Waldmünchenu has donated a 25-metre high fir tree, weighing over 7 tons, to the Holy Father. It will arrive in the square on December 6th.


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Deutsch: Papierkrippenberg verschiedener Trebi...

Deutsch: Papierkrippenberg verschiedener Trebitscher Meister, angefertigt 1885. Die Figuren haben eine Höhe von 13 cm (Photo credit: Wikipedia)



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