- Oct 26, 2020
Pope Francis has appointed Bishop Marcello Semeraro as the replacement for Cardinal Angelo Becciu as head of the Vatican’s saint-making office after Becciu was fired last month over allegations of embezzlement.
Pope Francis and his international Council of Cardinals met virtually Oct. 13, discussing the updated draft of a constitution reorganizing the Roman Curia and steps to implement it, the Vatican press office said.
Looking ahead to the rest of 2020, this year could see several major Vatican shakeups as Pope Francis’s reform of the Roman Curia rolls out and several current department heads have already reached the age of retirement.
Bishop Marcello Semeraro, who serves as secretary to Pope Francis’s council of cardinal advisors, said Thursday that, doctrine alone is no longer enough to reach an increasingly post-Christian world.
The two spokespersons for Pope Francis, veteran American journalist Greg Burke and Spaniard Paloma García Ovejero, have resigned their posts.
Pope Francis’s call for a missionary church that is focused on preaching the Gospel will be the guiding principle of the apostolic constitution that will govern the Roman Curia, the secretary of the pope’s international Council of Cardinals said.