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Church needs more collegial decision making says pope

'Precious heritage of Vatican II', Francis says

08 April, 13:21
Church needs more collegial decision making says pope (ANSA) - Vatican City, April 8 - The Catholic Church needs "deeper and more authentic" collegiality in decision making by bishops, Pope Francis reiterated Tuesday. Sharing responsibility will improve their ability to carry out their mission, Francis said in a letter to the secretary-general of the Synod of Bishops, Cardinal Lorenzo Baldisseri.

Since his election a year ago, the reform-minded Francis has been trying to break up Vatican cliques and spread decision-making powers around to bring the Church back closer to the people. The pope said that, 50 years after Paul VI set up the Synod, "we need to revive still more the close link with all the Pastors of the Church".

"I want to valorise this precious heritage (of the Second Vatican Council)," Francis said.