Pope approves long-awaited reform of Vatican bureaucracy

ROME – The Vatican has released the document outlining Pope Francis’ long-awaited reform of the Holy See’s bureaucracy.

The 54-page text entitled “Predicate Gospel” or “Proclamation of the Gospel” replaces the founding constitution “Pastor Bonus” penned by St. John Paul II in 1988.

Francis was elected pope in 2013 in large part on his promise to reform the Vatican’s bulky and inefficient bureaucracy, which serves as the central governing body for the 1.3 billion-strong Catholic Church. He appointed a cabinet of cardinal advisers who have met regularly since his election to help him draft the changes.

Much of the reform work has been carried out in stages over the years, with offices being consolidated and financial reforms being passed. But the publication of the new document, initially only in Italian, completes the process and puts it into effect in June.

The document was released on Saturday, the ninth anniversary of Francis’ inauguration as pope and the feast of St. Joseph, an important figure in Francis’ ministry.

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