First Step

from tomorrow's L'Osservatore Romano:

Following a suggestion made during the General Congregations that preceded the Conclave, Pope Francis has established a group of cardinals to advise him in the governance of the universal Church and to study a project for the revision of the Apostolic Constitution Pastor Bonus on the Roman Curia.This group consists of: Cardinal Giuseppe Bertello, President of the Governorate of Vatican City State; Cardinal Francisco Javier Errzuriz Ossa, Archbishop emeritus of Santiago de Chile (Chile); Cardinal Oswald Gracias, Archbishop of Bombay (India); Cardinal Reinhard Marx, Archbishop of Munich and Freising (Germany); Cardinal Laurent Monsengwo Pasinya, Archbishop of Kinshasa, (Democratic Republic of the Congo); Cardinal Sean Patrick OMalley, ofm Cap, Archbishop of Boston (USA); Cardinal George Pell, Archbishop of Sydney (Australia); Cardinal Oscar Andrs Rodrguez Maradiaga, SDB, Archbishop of Tegucigalpa (Honduras), with the office of Coordinator; Bishop Marcello Semeraro of Albano, with the office of Secretary.

Update:from Father Lombardi's press briefing:

Briefing press Saturday the Holy See Press Office Director, Fr. Federico Lombardi, noted that the communiqu comes exactly one month since Pope Francis' election to the Pontificate and shows that the Holy Father listens attentively to the suggestions of the College of Cardinals his closest collaborators.He also noted that the Group will have no legislative power and that its main function is to help and advise the Pope. Fr. Lombardi added that the Group will not in any way interfere in the normal functions of the Roman Curia, which helps the Pope in the daily governance of the Church.

Robert P. Imbelli, a long-time Commonweal contributor, is a priest of the Archdiocese of New York. A book of essays in his honor, The Center Is Jesus Christ Himself, edited by Andrew Meszaros, was published this year by The Catholic University of America Press.

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