September 16, 2013
FRANCIS ROCCA
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

VATICAN CITY – Pope Francis met with Vatican officials Sept. 10 to hear their questions and suggestions about his ongoing reform of the Vatican bureaucracy.

The Vatican spokesman, Jesuit Father Federico Lombardi, said the meeting lasted nearly three hours and, except for a brief greeting by the pope, was devoted to remarks by the other participants.

About 30 people attended, almost all of them heads of the major Vatican offices.

Lombardi declined to comment on the content of the discussions but described the meeting as an opportunity for the pope to hear the "considerations and advice" of his closest collaborators in Rome, as part of the reform process recommended by the cardinals who elected Pope Francis.

GROUP OF EIGHT

That reform process "will soon have another important moment with the reunion of the Group of Eight cardinals" Oct. 1-3, Lombardi noted.

Pope Francis established the so-called G-8, which includes Boston Cardinal Sean O'Malley and Manila Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle, in April.

It has a mandate to advise him in the "government of the universal Church" and his reform of the Roman Curia, the Church's central administration at the Vatican.

Pope Francis has acknowledged the indications of corruption and mismanagement documented in the "VatiLeaks" of confidential correspondence in 2012.

"There are saints in the Curia," the pope told reporters on his plane back from Rio de Janeiro July 28. "And there are some who are not so saintly, and these are the ones you tend to hear about.