Pope Francis shuffles his pack

New Vatican appointees include several skilled diplomats.

Vatican City:

According to Vatican observers, a Pope Francis “revolution” in the Roman Curia began Sept. 21, when a series of appointments and confirmations at the curia’s top ranks changed the face of the Pope’s collaboration team.

Pope Francis on Saturday confirmed the heads of the Congregations for the Doctrine of the Faith and for the Evangelization of Peoples. In addition, he appointed Cardinal Mauro Piacenza, until now prefect of the Congregation for the Clergy, as head of the Apostolic Penitentiary; Archbishop Beniamino Stella as prefect of the Congregation for the Clergy; and Archbishop Lorenzo Baldisseri secretary general of the Synod of Bishops.

These last appointments can be seen as a clear signal that the influence of diplomats in the Vatican is strong again, Gianfranco Svidercoschi, former vice-director of the Vatican newspaper L’Osservatore Romano, told CNA.

In a conversation on Sept. 20, Svidercoschi said that Archbishop Stella “was a diplomat in South America, as were many of those whom Pope Francis has recently appointed. This would seem to seal a sort of ‘alliance’ between Pope Francis and the ‘gang of diplomats’.”

Svidercoschi also notes that Archbishop “Stella and Baldisseri have been Papal ambassadors in South America, as was the appointed Secretary of State, (Archbishop) Pietro Parolin.”

This would lead us to think that “being in touch with ‘far Churches’ is one of the most important requirements to take an important post in Pope Francis’ curia,” he added.

source: Catholic News Agency

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Pope Francis Summons Vatican’s top officials for a rare Joint Meeting.

Open agenda may indicate pope’s desire for collegiality.

Vatican City:  Pope Francis has summoned heads of the Vatican’s various congregations and pontifical councils, meaning the cardinals and archbishops who run the place, for a rare joint meeting Tuesday. The idea may be to take stock of the new papacy at its six-month mark, though the unknowns about the encounter outnumber the certainties. At this stage, it’s not clear what topics may come up, who’s going to speak or in what order, and whether the pope may use the occasion to announce further personnel moves or structural changes. The gathering is sandwiched between two key developments — the Aug. 31 announcement of Italian Archbishop Pietro Parolin as the Vatican’s new Secretary of State and the looming Oct. 1-3 meeting of the council of eight cardinals created by Francis to advise him on church governance. As a result, it may be a chance for the pope to solicit feedback on decisions already made and to talk about what’s still ahead. Watch the NCR Today blog for news about the meeting as it develops.

Source: National Catholic Reporter

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