The Council of Cardinals meets with Pope Francis in Vatican

The Council of Cardinals meets with Pope Francis in VaticanThe Council of Cardinals meets with Pope Francis in Vatican. The sixth meeting of the Council of Cardinals with Pope Francis began on Monday morning at Casa Santa Marta in the Vatican and it scheduled to continue until September 17. The Council of Cardinals was instituted by Pope Francis to assist in the governance of the universal Church and to draw up a plan for the revision of the apostolic constitution “Pastor bonus” on the Roman Curia. Previous meetings took place from October 1-3, December 3-5, 2013 and February 28-30, April 1-4 and July 1-4 of this past year.

Council of Cardinal Advisers

The Council of Cardinal Advisers, formally the Council of Cardinals, is a group of nine Roman Catholic cardinals appointed by Pope Francis to serve as advisers to the pontiff exactly one month after his election on April 13, 2013. The Council was formally established on September 28. The nine advisers are: 1) Giuseppe Bertello, President of the Pontifical Commission for the Vatican City State, 2) Francisco Javier Errázuriz Ossa, Archbishop-Emeritus of Santigo de Chile, 3) Oswald Gracias, Archbishop of Bombay, 4) Reinhard Marx, Archbishop of Munich, 5) Laurent Monsengwo Pasinya, Archbishop of Kinshasa, 6) Sean Patrick O'Malley OFM Cap, Archbishop of Boston, 7) George Pell, Prefect of the Secretariat for the Economy 8) Oscar Andres Rodriguez Maradiaga SDB, Archbishop of Tegucigalpa, 9) Pietro Parolin, Cardinal Secretary of State

Cardinal Pietro Parolin

The group is coordinated by Cardinal Rodríguez Maradiaga. The secretary of the group is Bishop Marcello Semeraro, Bishop of Albano. The Italian Cardinal Pietro Parolin, the Vatican Secretary of State appointed by Pope Francis, became the ninth member of the Council of Cardinal Advisers in July 2014. Further sessions were scheduled for September 15-17, December 9-11, 2014 and February 9-11, 2015.
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