The Pope's Council of Cardinals met this week to discuss the ongoing reform of the Roman Curia, CNA reports.
The cardinals met in the Vatican's Apostolic Palace to discuss, in particular, the selection of personnel in the Roman Curia, with an emphasis on making it more international, and with a higher number of young people and women.
Commonly referred to as the “C9”, the group was established by Pope Francis after his election as Bishop of Rome in 2013 to advise him in matters of Church governance and reform.
Absent from this week's meetings were Cardinal George Pell, Prefect of the Secretariat for the Economy, and Cardinal Laurent Monsengwo Pasinya of Kinshasa.
In comments to journalists during a September press briefing, Vatican spokesman Greg Burke said no one would be stepping in for Cardinal Pell during his leave of absence while facing charges for abuse in Australia.
Pope Francis himself was absent for the first day of meetings due to his recent trip to Colombia, but was present for the rest of the sessions apart from Wednesday morning, when he was at the weekly general audience.
In his comments to the press, Mr Burke said specific themes discussed by the cardinals were the role of the Curia as “an instrument of evangelisation and service for the Pope and the local Churches,” decentralisation, the role of apostolic nunciatures, and the “selection and competence” of curial personnel.
Specifically, he said, four points were brought up in regards to Curia personnel - that the Curia be “less clerical, more international” and that there is “an increase in young people and women” among their ranks.
The role of young people, laity, and women is something Pope Francis has emphasised strongly throughout his pontificate, as is the need for a more international Church that is less “Euro-centric.”