four topics, according to a Vatican communiqué released this morning,
included first, the mission of bishops emeritus within the Church,
second, efforts which should be and are being made toward the
reconciliation of members of the Fraternity of St. Pius X, third,
liturgical reform and use of the St. Pius X Latin Missal, and lastly,
the Church’s position toward Islam.
of theChurch’s 193 cardinals were on hand for the meetings held, in
theVatican’s Synod Hall. 15 new cardinals who were incorporated into
the College Friday morning were also present.
Holy See said that the meetings--done in the same format as those
preceding last year’s papal conclave--focused on four main subjects
laid out by the Pope himself.
first two topics of discussion were raised, respectively, by Cardinal
Giovanni Battista Re, prefect of the Congregation for Bishops and
Cardinal Dario Castrillon Hoyos, prefect of the Congregation for the
Clergy and president of the Pontifical Commission "Ecclesia Dei."
third and fourth were raised by Cardinal Francis Arinze, prefect of the
Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the
Sacraments,and Cardinal Secretary of State Angelo Sodano.
all-day meetings included open discussion and debate. According to the
Vatican, various cardinals contributed, including some of the 15 who
were made cardinals today.
Today, the Vatican released the official account of
Thurday’s Day of Prayer and Reflection, in which Pope Benedict and
members of the College of Cardinals discussed four key issues facing
the Catholic Church today. The meeting came ahead of this morning’s
Public Ordinary Consistory in which 15 new cardinals were created.