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I will now mention briefly and concisely some steps already taken to put into practice these guiding principles and the recommendations made by the Cardinals in the plenary meetings before the Conclave, by the COSEA, by the Council of Cardinals (C9), and by the Heads of the Dicasteries and other experts and individuals:

-           On 13 April 2013 it was announced that the Raad van Kardinalen (Consilium Cardinalium Summo Pontifici) – the C8 and, after 1 July 2014, the C9 – was created, primarily to counsel the Pope on the governance of the universal Church and on other related topics The pace of the work involved the members of the Council in a total of 93 meetings, morning and afternoon., also with the specific task of proposing the revision of the Apostolic Constitution H. Paus Johannes Paulus II - Apostolische Constitutie
Pastor Bonus
Over de hervorming van de Romeinse Curie
(28 juni 1988)
The working sessions of the Council have presently been more than sixteen (on average, one every two months), as follows: 1st session, 1-3 October 2013; 2ndsession, 3-5 December 2013; 3rd session, 17-19 February 2014; 4th session, 28-30 April 2014; 5th session, 1-4 July 2014; 6th session, 15-17 September 2014; 7thsession, 9-11 December 2014; 8th session, 9-11 February 2015; 9th session, 13-15 March 2015; 10th session, 8-10 June 2015; 11th session, 14-16 September 2015; 12th session, 20-12 December 2015, 13th session, 8-9 February 2016, 14th session, 11-13 April 2016; 15th session, 6-8 June 2016, 16th session, 12-14 September 2016; 17th session, 12-14 December 2016..

-           With the Paus Franciscus - Chirograaf
Oprichting van een pauselijke commissie voor de Instituut van Religieuze Werken
(24 juni 2013)
was established, in order to study the legal status of the IOR and to allow for its greater ”harmonization” with “the universal mission of the Apostolic See”.  This was “to ensure that economic and financial activities be permeated by Gospel principles” and to achieve a complete and acknowledged transparency in its operation.

-           With the Paus Franciscus - Motu Proprio
Ai nostri tempi
Betreffende de bevoegdheid van rechterlijke instanties van Vaticaanstad in strafzaken (11 juli 2013)
, provisions were made to define the jurisdiction of the judicial authorities of Vatican City State in criminal matters.

-           With the Paus Franciscus - Chirograaf
Voor de oprichting van een pauselijke commissie m.b.t. de organisatie van de economisch-administratieve structuur van de Heilige Stoel (COSEA)
(18 juli 2013)
, the COSEA (Pontifical Commission for Reference on the Organization of the Economic-Administrative Structure) was instituted and given the task of research, analysis and the gathering of information, in cooperation with the Council of Cardinals for the study of the organizational and economic problems of the Holy See.

-           With the Paus Franciscus - Motu Proprio
La promozione dello sviluppo umano integrale
Oprichting Financial Security Committee (8 augustus 2013)
, the Holy See’s Financial Security Committee was established for the prevention and countering of money laundering, the financing of terrorism and the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction.  This was to bring the IOR and the entire Vatican economic system to the regular adoption of, and fully committed and diligent compliance with, all international legal norms on financial transparency.

-           With the Paus Franciscus - Motu Proprio
Nieuwe statuten voor de Autoriteit Financiële Informatie (15 november 2013)
, the Financial Intelligence Authority (AIF), established by Benedict XVI with his Motu Proprio of 30 December 2010 for the prevention and countering of illegal activities in the area of monetary and financial dealings, was consolidated.

-           With the Motu Proprio 24 February 2014 (Paus Franciscus - Motu Proprio
Fidelis et dispensator Prudens
Oprichting van het Secretariaat voor de economie (24 februari 2014)
), the Secretariat for the Economy and the Council for the Economy were established to replace the Council of 15 Cardinals, with the task of harmonizing the policies of control in regard to the economic management of the Holy See and the Vatican City.

-           With the same Paus Franciscus - Motu Proprio
Fidelis et dispensator Prudens
Oprichting van het Secretariaat voor de economie (24 februari 2014)
, the Office of General Auditor (URG) was established as a new agency of the Holy See, charged with auditing the Dicasteries of the Roman Curia, the institutions connected with to the Holy See or associated with it, and the administrations of the Governatorate of Vatican City.

-           With the Paus Franciscus - Chirograaf
Minorum tutela actuosa
Oprichting van de Pauselijke Commissie voor de bescherming van minderjarigen
(22 maart 2014)
, the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors was established, in order “to promote the protection of the dignity of minors and vulnerable adults, using the forms and methods, consonant with the nature of the Church, which they consider most appropriate”.

-           With the Paus Franciscus - Motu Proprio
Confermando una tradizione
Overdracht van de Gewone Afdeling van de Administratie van het Patrimonium van de Apostolische Stoel naar het Secretariaat voor de Economische Zaken (8 juli 2014)
, the Ordinary Section of the Administration of the Patrimony of the Apostolic See was transferred to the Secretariat for the Economy.

-           On 22 February 2015, the Statutes of the new economic agencies were approved.

-           With the Paus Franciscus - Motu Proprio
L’attuale contesto comunicativo
Oprichting Secretariaat voor Communicatie (27 juni 2015)
, the Secretariat for Communication was established and charged “to respond to the current context of communication, characterized by the presence and evolution of digital media, and by factors of convergence and interactivity”.  The Secreariat was also charged with overall restructuring, through a process of reorganization and merging, of “all the realities which in various ways up to the present have dealt with communications”, so as to “respond ever better to the needs of the mission of the Church”

-           On 6 September 2016, the Statutes of the Secretariat for Communication were promulgated; they took effect last October.

            With the two Motu Proprios of 15 August 2015, provisions were made for the reform of the canonical process in cases of declaration of marital nullity: Paus Franciscus - Motu Proprio
Mitis Iudex Dominus Iesus
De Heer Jezus, barmhartige rechter - Enkele aanpassingen van het kerkelijk wetboek aangaande het huwelijksrecht
(15 augustus 2015)
for the Code of Canons of the Oriental Churches, and Paus Franciscus - Motu Proprio
Mitis et Misericors Iesus
De milde en barmhartige Jezus - Inzake enkele aanpassingen in het kerkelijk wetboek van de Oosterse Kerken aangaande het huwelijksrecht (15 augustus 2015)
for the Code of Canon Law.

-           With the Motu Proprio of 4 June 2016 (Paus Franciscus - Motu Proprio
Come una madre amorevole
Als een liefhebbende Moeder - over nadere bepalingen aangaande ernstige redenen voor de verwijdering van Bisschoppen uit het kerkelijk ambt
(4 juni 2016)
), an effort was made to prevent negligence on the part of bishops in the exercise of their office, especially with regard to cases of the sexual abuse of minors and vulnerable adults.

-           With the Motu Proprio of 15 August 2016 (Paus Franciscus - Motu Proprio
Sedula Mater
Oprichting van de Dicasterie voor Leken, Gezin en Leven (15 augustus 2016)
), the Dicastery for Laity, the Family and Life was established, in the light of the general pastoral purpose of the Petrine ministry: “I hasten to arrange all things necessary in order that the richness of Christ Jesus may be poured forth appropriately and profusely among the faithful”.

-           With the Motu Proprio of 17 August 2016 (Paus Franciscus - Motu Proprio
Humanam progressionem
Oprichting van het Dicasterie voor de Bevordering van de Gehele Menselijke Ontwikkeling (17 augustus 2016)
), the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development was established, so that development can take place “by attending to the inestimable goods of justice, peace and the care of creation”.  Beginning in January 2017, four Pontifical Councils  - Justice and Peace, Cor Unum, the Pastoral Care of Migrants and Itinerant People, and Healthcare Workers – will be merged into this Dicastery.  For the time being, I will directly head the section for the pastoral care of migrants in the new Dicastery.

-           On 18 October 2016, the Statutes of the Pontifical Academy for Life were approved.


Tot leden van de Romeinse Curie bij gelegenheid van het uitwisselen van de Kerstwensen 2016
Soort: Paus Franciscus - Toespraak
Auteur: Paus Franciscus
Datum: 22 december 2016
Copyrights: © 2016, Libreria Editrice Vaticana / Radio Vaticana / Stg. InterKerk
Gedeeltelijke vert. uit het Frans (Zenit.org): maranatha-gemeenschap, rest voorlopig Engelstalige versie;
alineaverdeling en -nummering: redactie
Bewerkt: 28 april 2022


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