The 30th meeting of the Council of Cardinals took place in the Vatican in the presence of Pope Francis on 25 June. The meeting focused on the new Apostolic Constitution on the reform of the Roman Curia, the central government of the Catholic Church.

A draft document, provisionally titled Praedicate Evangelium (Preach the Gospel), was approved by the Council of Cardinals and sent to the presidents of the national bishops’ conferences, the Synods of the Eastern Churches, the dicasteries of the Roman Curia, the Conferences of Major Superiors and a number of Pontifical Universities that were asked to submit observations and suggestions.

Praedicate Evangelium will replace the current Apostolic Constitution Pastor Bonus (The Good Shepherd) of Pope Saint John Paul II.

In the last meeting of the Council of Cardinals in April, the procedure for consultation on the new Apostolic Constitution was finalised.

Among the issues addressed at the April meeting were the missionary orientation the Curia must assume in light of the new Apostolic Constitution, the commitment to strengthen the process of synodality in the Church at all levels and the need for a greater presence of women in leadership roles in the bodies of the Holy See.

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