Big papal pow-wow with the curia

Pope greets crowd as he arrives to celebrate private Mass at Church of the Gesu in Rome

Pope Francis greets a crowd before celebrating a private Mass at the Church of the Gesu in Rome July 31. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

VATICAN CITY — Today the Vatican’s weekly schedule announced Pope Francis has called together all heads of the Roman Curia for an early morning meeting tomorrow. Though the pope always meets with them at the end of the year to look back on the last 12 months, this gathering mid-year is highly unusual.

Vatican spokesman, Father Federico Lombardi told CNS that the meeting is part of “the Holy Father’s reflection on the governance of the church” and that it will be followed by “another important moment with the meeting of the Group of Eight cardinals” in October.

He created the so-called “Group of Eight,” (read here about who they are), in April to advise him on reforming the Vatican bureaucracy. It’s part of a larger effort of reform that includes reviewing the activities and mission of the Vatican bank. The three advisory bodies he has formed so far are all charged with studying specific problems and concerns, drawing up concrete solutions, then relaying all of their studies and results directly to the pope.