VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis on Saturday named eight cardinals to a panel that will help advise him running the church and reforming the Vatican bureaucracy, or Curia. Seven non-Vatican officials were drawn from Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, North and South America to give it geographical breadth.
Cardinal Giuseppe Bertello, president of the Vatican city state administration that runs the actual functioning of the Vatican, including its profit-making museums. There has been much speculation that Bertello might take on a greater role in Francis' administration; he has been mentioned as a possible secretary of state.
Cardinal Francisco Javier Errazuriz Ossa, the retired archbishop of Santiago, Chile. Like the former Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, Errazuriz was a papal contender in the 2005 conclave, since he was then the president of the powerful Latin American Conference of Bishops. This time around, at age 79, he was dogged by allegations that he mishandled the case of a notorious sexually abusive priest.
Cardinal Oswald Gracias, archbishop of Mumbai, India.
Cardinal Reinhard Marx, archbishop of Munich and Freising, Germany. Marx has been at the forefront in Germany of trying to turn the tide on clerical sex abuse; his archdiocese is part of a joint effort to create a center to teach priests and church personnel around the world the best practices to protect children and prevent them being abused.
Cardinal Laurent Monsengwo Pasinya, archbishop of Kinshasa, Congo.
Cardinal Sean Patrick O'Malley, archbishop of Boston. O'Malley was considered a contender for the papacy in the last conclave, a Franciscan Capuchin monk so very much in the same spirituality as Francis. He was a leading voice of reform during the pre-conclave meetings. The 68-year-old O'Malley has spent his career as a bishop cleaning up dioceses shattered by child sex abuse.
Cardinal George Pell, archbishop of Sydney, Australia. Pell has also been a major proponent for reform, telling The Associated Press before the conclave: "It would be useful to have a pope who can pull the show together, lift the morale of the Curia, and strengthen a bit of the discipline there and effectively draw on all the energies and goodness of the great majority of the people in the Curia," Pell said.
Cardinal Oscar Andrés Rodríguez Maradiaga, archbishop of Tegucigalpa, Honduras. (Group coordinator). Maradiaga is currently head of Caritas International, the church's main charity organ. He is considered one of the few moderates left in the College of Cardinals and is known for his often blunt talk and off-record criticism of the curia.
Monsignor Marcello Semeraro, bishop of Albano. (Secretary).