Council of Cardinals editing document to reorganize Roman Curia (Vatican Press Office) The Council of Cardinals met at the Vatican this week to read through a draft of the apostolic constitution, Pastor Bonus, which will redefine the organization of the Roman Curia. The draft is now being revised to incorporate suggestions received from prelates in Rome. This week’s working sessions—held Monday through Wednesday, with Pope Francis in attendance at all but the final session—were the 33rd meeting of the Council of Cardinals. The editing process will continue at the next working session in April.
Pope redefines purpose of Caritas Internationalis (Vatican Press Office) Caritas Internationalis is the Church’s federation of relief and development agencies. While the Vatican press office announced that there was a “need to redefine the purpose and order of Caritas Internationalis,” Caritas “did not disclose the changes to its statues and internal rules,” CNA reported.
Cuba's bishops are 'extraordinarily realistic,' New York cardinal says (CNS) “My major observation would be my admiration of my brother bishops who seem to be extraordinarily realistic, without losing hope, knowing it’s very difficult times but they have a phenomenal sense of serenity and confidence,” Cardinal Timothy Dolan said following his trip to the Communist nation. “They take opportunities. They have to dialogue with the government. They just seem radiantly confident and serene, while never naïve.”
Leading South African bishop emphasizes importance of worship, Third Commandment (SACBC) “Catholics do not receive communion in the Anglican Church, and vice versa,” Bishop Sithembele Sipuka of Mthatha, president of the Southern African Catholic Bishops’ Conference, preached at an episcopal ordination on February 15. “We have not reached this level of communion, and we must not pretend that we have reached it for the sake of being nice to each other, but we must work hard towards it.”
Indian cardinal decries new abortion act (CBCI) “Human life must be respected and protected absolutely from the moment of conception,” Cardinal Oswald Gracias of Mumbai (Bombay), a member of the Pope’s advisory Council of Cardinals, said following the Indian government’s decision to allow abortion through the first 24 weeks of pregnancy. “The Church has been unwavering in its protection of the sanctity of human life, from conception until natural death. Bishops have the responsibility to spread Christ’s message about the dignity of all human life.”
Bolivian bishops' official calls for consistency from Christian political candidates (Vatican News) “The life we lead is what makes us Christ’s—Christians,” the general secretary of the bishops’ conference preached. “This is fundamental for believers, but it is more fundamental for candidates and, more generally, for politicians who declare themselves Christians. It is not the profession of faith that makes them similar to Christ, but the decisions they make, their morals, the life they lead.”