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OFFICIAL : Cardinal Oswald Gracias re-nominated to the Council of Cardinals



Pope Francis has re-nominated Cardinal Oswald Gracias, Archbishop of Bombay, to the Council of Cardinals advising the Holy Father for the reform of the Roman Curia and governance of the Universal Church.

This was announced by the Vatican Office on October 15, 2020. As Africa was unrepresented after Cardinal Laurent Monsengwo Pasinya’s departure from the Council due to the political situation in his country, the new Archbishop of Kinshasa, Cardinal Fridolin Ambongo Besungu, has been appointed to replace him. Also the Secretary of the Council of Cardinals, Bishop Marcello Semeraro of Albano, has been appointed Prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints. He was the Secretary of the group from the very beginning.


Cardinal Oswald Gracias has also been re-nominated by the Holy Father to be Member of the Pontifical Council for Legislative Texts, the highest body in the Church on matters regarding Canon Law. This body suggests amendments and other changes in Canon Law to the Holy Father, and is entrusted with the responsibility of giving authentic interpretations on the Code of Canon Law.

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