Pope welcomes Cardinal’s explanation of curial reform document

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In a preface to an interview for a book with Cardinal Oscar Rodriguez Maradiaga on the Apostolic Constitution “Praedicate evangelium,” Pope Francis says the Honduran prelate and head of the Council of Cardinals “adequately deciphers the meaning and itinerary of this meticulous and decisive work of revision and proposals.

By Christopher Wells

Pope Francis congratulated Honduran Cardinal Oscar Rodriguez Maradiaga for a new interview in which the President of the Council of Cardinal Counselors discusses the new Apostolic Constitution predicate evangelium and the reform of the Roman Curia.

The Holy Father notes that the current reform has its roots in the Second Vatican Council and has been continued by its immediate predecessors since Pope Saint Paul VI. More immediately, Pope Francis recalls that in the General Congregations preceding the Conclave which elected him, the Cardinals strongly insisted that the new Pope undertake a new reform of the Curia, a reform which they considered urgent and necessary.

This reform took a big step forward at the beginning of this year, with the publication of the Apostolic Constitution predicate evangelium, which instituted significant changes in the structure and organization of the Curia. In his preface, Pope Francis welcomes Cardinal Rodriguez Maradiaga’s explanation of the meaning and purposes of the Apostolic Constitution, while noting that predicate evangelium is only one part – albeit a very important one – of the larger work of reform.

Structural and organizational reforms, the pope says, “are certainly needed, but what is really important is the renewal of people’s minds and hearts.”

“We are all called to do our part.” – Pope Francis

The Pope also recalls that the work of reform is a constant concern of the Church. “Laws and documents are always limited, and almost always ephemeral”, the Pope reminds us, acknowledging that as the world constantly changes, “the Church, in her constant dialogue with the world, firmly anchored in the origins and faithful to Tradition, will once again adapt its life and its human structures to the changing conditions of its time.

The interview with Cardinal Maradiaga, including the Pope’s preface, bears the title “Praedicate Evangelium: A new curia for a new time”.

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