"VATICAN CITY – Pope Francis and his international Council of Cardinals studied ways in which the responsibilities of Vatican offices can be simplified and harmonized.
Jesuit Father Federico Lombardi, Vatican spokesman, briefed reporters on the council's work on the final day of its meeting June 6-8.
Their reflections, he said, also delved into 'possible forms of decentralization in relation to episcopal conferences' around the world.
The nine-member council, which assists the Pope in matters of church governance and the reform of the Roman Curia, also discussed the work of several Vatican offices, including: the Congregation for Bishops, the Secretariat of State, as well as the congregations for Catholic Education, Eastern Churches and Clergy and the pontifical councils for Culture, Promoting Christian Unity and Interreligious Dialogue."
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