Pope Francis appoints Cardinal Advincula as member of the Dicastery for Bishops

His Holiness Pope Francis has appointed Jose F. Cardinal Advincula, Archbishop of Manila as one of the members of the Dicastery of Bishops.

The latest appointments of the Pope were published by the Holy See Press Office in a statement on Wednesday, July 13, 2022.

CBCP News said that the “Dicastery for Bishops is the second Vatican office of which Advincula is a member since becoming a cardinal two years ago.”

Cardinal Advincula was appointed a member of the Congregation of Clergy in December 2020.

According to Vatican News, Pope Francis’ new appointments also include two religious sisters and one consecrated virgin. It is the first time women have been appointed to the dicastery.

Here is the full list of the Pope’s appointments as Dicastery members:

  • Cardinal Anders Arborelius, OCD, Bishop of Stockholm (Sweden)
  • Cardinal Jose F. Advincula, Archbishop of Manila (Philippines)
  • Cardinal José Tolentino de Mendonça, Archivist and Librarian of the Holy Roman Church
  • Cardinal Mario Grech, Secretary General of the Synod of Bishops
  • Cardinal Arthur Roche, Prefect of the Dicastery for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments
  • Cardinal-elect Lazzaro You Heung-sik, Prefect of the Dicastery for the Clergy
  • Cardinal-elect Jean-Marc Aveline, Archbishop of Marseille (France)
  • Cardinal-elect Oscar Cantoni, Bishop of Como (Italy)
  • Archbishop Dražen Kutleša, Archbishop of Split-Makarska (Croatia)
  • Bishop Paul Desmond Tighe, Secretary of the former Pontifical Council for Culture
  • Father Dom Donato Ogliari , OSB, Abbot of the Abbey of San Paolo fuori le Mura and Apostolic Administrator of the Territorial Abbey of Montecassino (Italy)
  • Sister Raffaella Petrini, FSE, Secretary General of the Governorate of the Vatican City State
  • Sister Yvonne Reungoat, FMA, former Superior General of the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians
  • Dr. Maria Lia Zervino, President of the World Union of Catholic Women’s Organizations

The Vatican News said the nomination of Ms. Zervino also marks the first appointment ever of a laywoman to the Vatican dicastery.

The Dicastery for Bishops, formerly named Congregation for Bishops is the department of the Roman Curia that oversees the selection of most new bishops. Its proposals require papal approval to take effect, but are usually followed. The Dicastery also schedules the visits at five-year intervals (“ad limina”) that bishops are required to make to Rome, when they meet with the pope and various departments of the Curia. It also manages the formation of new dioceses. It is one of the more influential Dicasteries, since it strongly influences the human resources policy of the church.

The Dicastery for Bishops does not have jurisdiction over mission territories and areas managed by the Congregation for the Oriental Churches which has responsibility for Eastern Catholics everywhere and also for Latin Catholics in the Middle East and Greece. Where appointment of bishops and changes in diocesan boundaries require consultation with civil governments, the Secretariat of State has primary responsibility, but must consult the Congregation for Bishops.

The Dicastery for Bishops has jurisdiction over the Pontifical Commission for Latin America, and the dicastery’s prefect also serves as the commission’s president. (Jheng Prado/RCAM-AOC)


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