Washington, Apr. 14 (ANI): In his first major decision as the leader of the Catholic Church, Pope Francis selected eight cardinals from around the globe to advise him on reforming the Vatican bureaucracy and governing the church.
The Vatican announced on Saturday that Pope Francis had picked a group of cardinals to advise him on running the Catholic Church and reforming its central administration.
India's Oswald Gracias was among eight high-ranking cardinals from around the world who were appointed in the advisory council.
According to the New York Daily News, The cardinals are from North, Central and South America, Africa, Asia, Europe and Australia and one current Vatican official.
Many have been outspoken in calling for a shake-up of the Vatican bureaucracy, which was last reformed 25 years ago, while others have tried to clean up the church from sexually abusive priests.
Francis' advisory group will meet in its inaugural session from October 1 to 3, though Francis is already in contact with the group's members, the Vatican said.
The Vatican spokesman, the Rev. Federico Lombardi, stressed that the cardinals are a consultative body, not a decision-making one, and that they won't take the place of the Vatican bureaucracy, the report said.
Lombardi said the fact that Francis selected cardinals from every continent indicated he wanted to reflect the universal nature of the church in Vatican decision-making.
The members of the panel include Italian Cardinal Giuseppe Bertello, president of the Vatican city state administration - a key position that oversees, among other things, the Vatican's profit-making museums.
The non-Vatican officials include Cardinals Francisco Javier Errazuriz Ossa, the retired archbishop of Santiago, Chile; Oswald Gracias, archbishop of Mumbai, India; Reinhard Marx, archbishop of Munich and Freising, Germany; Laurent Monsengwo Pasinya, archbishop of Kinshasa, Congo; Sean Patrick O'Malley, the archbishop of Boston; George Pell, archbishop of Sydney, Australia; and Oscar Andr�s Rodr�guez Maradiaga, archbishop of Tegucigalpa, Honduras, who will serve as coordinator. (ANI)