Vatican City, 2 May 2014 (VIS) – This morning the Holy Father received in audience the members of the Council for the Economy, on the occasion of their first meeting. After greeting Cardinal Reinhard Marx, archbishop of Munchen und Freising, Germany and coordinator of the Council for the Economy, the Pope underlined the Church's “awareness of her responsibility to protect and manage prudently her assets in the light of her mission of evangelisation, with particular care for the needy”, and added that “We must not stray from this path. Everything, transparency, efficiency, everything is for this purpose. It is all for this”.
Pope Francis emphasised that the Holy See is called upon to carry out this mission, paying special attention to its responsibility to the universal Church, and without forgetting that this challenge reflects the wish to implement the necessary reform of the Roman Curia to serve better the Church and Peter's mission. “A significant challenge that takes loyalty and prudence. The path will not be easy and will require courage and determination”.
Before concluding, the Pope reiterated that the Council is made up of eight cardinals and seven laypersons, and that the latter are fully-fledged members of the new council. “They are not second class members”, he remarked. “The work of the Council is of great weight and importance, and will offer a fundamental contribution to the service performed by Roman Curia and the various administrations of the Holy See”.