Cardinal Pell appointed to senior Vatican position

25/02/2014

Rome Reports

From Catholic Communications, Sydney Archdiocese

Pope Francis has appointed the Archbishop of Sydney Cardinal George Pell to a new senior role in the Vatican.

Cardinal Pell will be the Prefect for the Economy of the Holy See and will be based in Rome.

It is the most senior role to which an Australian cardinal has been appointed and people from business, welfare groups, politics as well as church leaders have applauded the appointment.

Australia's first ambassador to the Holy See, Tim Fischer said today it is a wise move by Pope Francis and "long overdue".

Speaking from Rome Cardinal Pell said he was deeply honoured to have been appointed by the Holy Father as the Prefect of the new Secretariat for the Economy.

The Holy Father announced the new arrangements for economic and administrative affairs after receiving a report on the review conducted by the expert panel he established last year. The review recommendations were endorsed by both the Council of 8 Cardinals established to advise the Holy Father on governance and the Committee of 15 Cardinals which oversee the financial affairs.

The recommendations include changes to existing management structures, improvements in financial planning, reporting and auditing as well as the more formal involvement of senior lay experts in the policy making procedures.

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