Pope appoints panel of cardinals to weigh major reform of Roman Curia

Pope Francis has appointed a commission of eight cardinals to advise him on a reform of the Roman Curia.

In the first clear indication that he plans major changes in the administration of Vatican affairs, the Pope named cardinals from every continent to the commission, which will asked to “advise him in the government of the universal Church and to study a plan for revising the apostolic constitution on the Roman Curia, Pastor Bonus.” Pastor Bonus, released in 1988 by Pope John Paul II, included the last major changes in the responsibilities of the Roman Curia, the administrative offices of the Holy See.

The new commission of cardinals was announced on April 13, exactly one month after the election of Pope Francis. The Vatican announcement noted that in convening the group, the Pope was “taking up a suggestion that emerged during the general congregations preceding the conclave.”