Cardinal O’Malley named to Vatican reform advisory committee

Cardinal Sean P. O’Malley was one of nine high-ranking prelates Pope Francis named Saturday to an advisory group on revising Vatican government, according to the Archdiocese of Boston.

The group of eight cardinals and one bishop includes one Vatican insider, two Latin American cardinals, and representatives from India, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Australia, and Germany, according to a posting on the archdiocese’s Facebook page.

O’Malley will remain stationed in Boston, said Terrence C. Donilon, an archdiocese spokesman.

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Donilon said he did not know when O’Malley got the news of his appointment.

The cardinal has been on a weeklong retreat in Israel with 29 of his priests since Monday, visiting about 20 Biblically significant sites and meeting with Catholic leaders in the country.

The committee’s first meeting is scheduled for early October.

The committee also includes the president of the Governorate of Vatican City State, Cardinal Giuseppe Bertello, Cardinal Oswald Gracias of Mumbai, Cardinal Reinhard Marx of Munich and Freising, Germany, Cardinal Oscar Andres Rodriguez Maradiaga of Tegucigalpa, Honduras, Cardinal Laurent Monsengwo Pasinya of Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo, Cardinal Francisco Javier Errazuriz Ossa, archbishop emeritus of Santiago de Chile, Chile, and Cardinal George Pell of Sydney.

Bishop Marcello Semeraro of Albano, Italy, will serve as the group’s secretary.

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