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Curia reforms put priority on evangelisation, cardinals say

The proposed apostolic constitution for reforming and governing the Roman Curia is expected to emphasise the Church’s missionary mandate with the creation of a ‘super-dicastery’ merging two offices dedicated to evangelisation.

“The main point of the new apostolic constitution is that the Church’s mission is evangelisation. It puts it at the centre of the Church and of everything the Curia does,” Cardinal Oswald Gracias of Mumbai, India, told Vida Nueva, a Spanish weekly publication dedicated to news about the Catholic Church.

Cardinals Gracias and Oscar Rodriguez Maradiaga of Tegucigalpa, Honduras, both members of Pope Francis’ Council of Cardinals, spoke to the Spanish weekly about the final draft of reforms the council approved at its previous meeting in early April.

The provisional title of the new constitution, ‘Praedicate Evangelium’ (‘Preach the Gospel’), “shows that evangelisation is the number one goal, ahead of anything else,” Cardinal Gracias told Vida Nueva.

Picture: The dome of St. Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican is framed by trees on 14th June 2018. (CNS photo/Paul Haring).