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2013-09-30

Pope Francis institutionalized the group of the eight Cardinals he appointed to help him reform the governance of the Church. The group, informally known as the G8, will officially be called the Council of Cardinals. Its also the first step in the reform of the Roman Curia.   

Just hours before the ten members officially start meeting, the Vatican released more information about the structure and how it'll work. The Council of Cardinals will be a permanent group, but the Pope can modify who's in it. 

FR. FEDERICO LOMBARDI 
Vatican Spokesperson 
"The advisory meetings with the Council of Cardinals can be done as a group or individually. So it's not necessary to always meet together as a group. The structure is also open regarding the topics brought up for discussion. The statement defines them as: topics that may need to be brought up to attention.” 

The group of eight Cardinals arrived at Casa Santa Marta days ago, and have already met twice to exchange their thoughts. The official discussions will begin Tuesday morning at 9:30, inside the Papal Apartment library. 

The meetings, held in Italian, will go on until Thursday, with sessions in the mornings and afternoons. But since it's their first meeting, no decision are expected. 

FR. FEDERICO LOMBARDI 
Vatican Spokesperson 
"The Pope will likely give a brief introduction, and then listen. The Pope will mainly be there to listen to his advisers, who will have many things to bring up, given that there's a lot of material to talk about.” 

The only ten people allowed inside during the meetings are the eight Cardinals, plus Pope Francis and the Archbishop of Albano, who will act as the secretary. 

The eight Cardinals are: Sean O'Malley, Oscar Rodriguez Maradiaga, Francisco Errazuriz Ossa, Reinhard Marx, Giuseppe Bertello, Laurent Monsengwo Pasinya, Oswald Gracias and George Pell. 


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