Aide: Pope Seeking to Re-establish Serenity in Curia

Benedict Calls Heads of Dicasteries, Cardinals to Meeting

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VATICAN CITY, JUNE 25, 2012 (Zenit.org).- In the wake of the so-called Vatileaks scandal, which has involved the publication of confidential Vatican documents, Benedict XVI is seeking to re-establish a climate of serenity and trust in the Curia, says the Vatican spokesman.

Jesuit Father Federico Lombardi, director of the Vatican press office, released a statement Saturday about meetings the Pope had that day, first with heads of dicasteries and then with certain cardinals: George Pell, archbishop of Sydney, Australia; Marc Ouellet, prefect of the Congregation for Bishops; Jean-Louis Tauran, president of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue; Camillo Ruini, retired vicar general of His Holiness for the Diocese of Rome, and Jozef Tomko, retired prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples.

"The Holy Father is seeking to deepen his knowledge of the situation through continuous dialogue with those people who share with him the responsibility for governing the Church," Father Lombardi offered.

He noted that Saturday, June 16, the Holy Father already met with the commission of cardinals he formed to investigate the leaks situation.

Saturday's meeting with the dicastery heads focused "on the issue of coordinating the work of the Roman Curia, something which is particularly important and urgent today in order to bear effective witness to the spirit of union which animates it," Father Lombardi added. "In the afternoon he has chosen to meet with a number of members of the College of Cardinals who, by virtue of their vast and varied experience serving the Church, not only in Rome but also internationally, may profitably exchange ideas and suggestions with the Holy Father in order to help re-establish that climate of serenity and trust in the service of the Roman Curia."

Father Lombardi said the Pontiff will continue "his discussions and reflections, also taking advantage of the fact that many pastors have come to Rome for the Feast of Sts. Peter and Paul, [June 29] which is an extraordinary opportunity for the community of the universal Church to feel united to the Pope in prayer, service, and the witness of faith for mankind in our time."