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Cardinal Errázuriz Ossa, the most experienced of Pope Francis' advisers

2013-09-28

Chilean Cardinal Francisco Javier Errázuriz Ossa will the be voice of experience at the meetings of the eight-Cardinal commission appointed to help the Pope reform the Curia and the governance of the Church. His role will be to represent the Church in Latin America.  

Cardinal Errázuriz has a lengthy background with Church governance. He is the eldest of the eight Cardinals, and the only one over 80.

Between 2003 and 2007, he presided CELAM, the Latin American bishops' conference. His last year as president, he appointed Cardinal Bergoglio, then Archbishop of Buenos  Aires, to coordinate the drafting of the Aparecida Document, one of the most important guides for the Church in the Americas. In an interview from that time, he explained the main objective behind the gathering at Aparecida, Brazil.

CARD. FRANCISCO ERRAZURIZ OSSA
(May 2005) 
"We have wanted to prepare environment of unity, a space where the bishops can feel comfortable. Where they can process their thoughts, the day-to-day contact with their people, with humble people, with politicians and communicators. And reflect on: What do the Gospels tell us? How can we all be better disciples and missionaries of Jesus Christ in the lives of our people.”

Cardinal Errázuriz will bring those experiences into these meeting. In addition, since he's familiar with then-Cardinal Bergoglio's work and personality, he can help the commission of Cardinals adapt to the management style of Pope Francis.


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