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Another Vatican appointment for Archbishop Pell

Sydney's Archbishop George Pell has been appointed to the presidential committee of the Pontifical Council for the Family.

Also appointed were Patriarch Angelo Scola of Venice, Italy, Archbishop Vingt-Trois of Tours, France, and Bishop Anders Arborelius of Stockholm, Sweden.

The Council's presidential committee is made up of nine cardinals and nine archbishops and bishops, plus 19 lay members, (many of them married couples), 39 consultors and seven officials.

The Pontifical Council for the Family is the part of the Roman Curia responsible for working for the defence of human life and the pastoral care of the family. It is concerned with theology and catechesis of the family; marital and family spirituality; the rights of the family and the child; formation of the laity and marriage preparation courses.

This is the latest of many Vatican appointments for the archbishop. He was a member of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace from 1990-95. From 1990-2000 Archbishop Pell was a member of the Vatican Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. Since last year he has been chairman of the Vox Clara committee to advise the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments on translation of liturgical texts from Latin.

Catholic Weekly

Archdiocese of Sydney
Pontifical Council for the Family

14 Jan 2003