A two-day meeting of the world’s cardinals with Pope Francis is underway in the Vatican, concluding with Mass on Tuesday with the new cardinals, giving them the opportunity to get to know each other better.
Just under 200 of the college’s 226 cardinals will attend a closed-door meeting convened by Pope Francis on Monday and Tuesday (29-30 August). apostolic constitution preach the gospela document reflecting the reform of the Roman Papacy by the Pope.
The event will most likely be the largest and most well-attended meeting between the Pope and the College of Cardinals. In almost his ten years as Pope, such a meeting had never been held. The last time such a large number of attendees had gathered was only eight years before him, when the Pope invited some 180 of his bishops and cardinals to convene a Synod on the Family (2014-15).
The Cardinals, who will soon travel from their countries to Rome to welcome the twenty new Cardinals inaugurated on 27 August, will join the Patriarch of the East and the Secretary of State for a meeting at the new Synod New. Will join. Hall during the three morning and afternoon working sessions. There is a lunch break.
The two-day meeting will culminate at 5:30 pm on Tuesday, August 30th, when the new Cardinals will be joined by the Papal Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica. Pope Francis could not celebrate on Sunday due to his pastoral visit to L’Aquila. .
Participants said they received agendas in recent weeks listing themes and questions on various aspects related to the document. They discuss them in the language group, and then there is a moment of general discussion in the plenary session of the hall.
Pope Francis will convene the Cardinals for two days at Angelus on 29 May, the same day he announced the names of the new cardinals, to explain the content and changes to the Apostolic Constitution promulgated on 19 March. reported the news of , which was almost a surprise, given that almost a decade of work was involved.
“On Monday 29th and Tuesday 30th August there will be a meeting of all Cardinals to ponder the new Apostolic Constitution. preach the gospel, and on Saturday, August 27, will hold a Consistry for the creation of a new Cardinal. ”
This document entered into force on June 5, Pentecost. This text takes up and formalizes many of the reforms already implemented by the Pope in recent years, studied and formulated by the Cardinal Conference which he enacted at the beginning of his papacy.
The Constitution also introduces various changes, starting with the amalgamation and renaming of several decasteries. above all, but preach the gospel – As the name itself suggests – they serve more and more local churches and missionary work to give the Holy See a more missionary structure.
One of the main features of the Apostolic Constitution is its missionary dimension. This is the key to the reformation and global direction of the modern Church.
specify changes to the structure of the decadent and office, preach the gospel By creating a direct link between the Synod and various dioceses on five continents, it effectively “extends” the boundaries of the Holy See.
A bridge between the Holy See and the Diocese
The newly appointed Archbishop of Manaus, Cardinal Leonardo Steiner (in the Brazilian Amazon), explained to Vatican News in an interview at the Holy See: Press office on the Saturday just before the Consi story begins.
“You no longer come to Rome to say what we have done, you come to learn, but the Holy See also knows how to learn in another way. There is a good feeling, and I hope this will be a more fraternal church that we listen to, experience cultural diversity and appreciate,” Steiner said.
new cardinal voice
The newly created Cardinal Arthur Roche, Director of Decastery for the Worship of God, stresses that there are many issues to reflect on. church. “
The latter two in particular are “very important factors,” said the British Cardinal. “preach the gospel This is not just for the reform of the papacy, but also for all bishops’ synods and their relationship with the Holy See. Mission and conversion involves everyone in the process of most meetings. We can say that we are a pilgrimage church. ”
This two-day conference also provides a way for members of the Cardinal Society to increase their knowledge and understanding of each other.
Some come from the fringes of the world and distant realities. A universal vision has always distinguished Pope Francis’ choice of Cardinals, as seen in representatives of countries that have never had a Cardinal in history, such as Tonga to Brunei, Mongolia to Haiti, Bangladesh to Laos, Lesotho. .
The University is now made up of members so diverse both in terms of cultural background, pastoral sensibilities and geographic location that it is possible to regularly attend or simply attend meetings in Rome. It is difficult to
As noted by the Archbishop Emeritus of Cartagena, Cardinal Jorge Enrique Jiménez Carvajal of Colombia, the recent meeting with the Pope provides an opportunity for dialogue and allows us to get to know each other better. To get to know each other, become more aware, and prepare for the future. ”