Pope continues reform of Vatican bureaucracy with new department

October 22, 2015 10:24 PM

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Pope continues reform of Vatican bureaucracy with new department

VATICAN CITY Pope Francis on Thursday announced a new Vatican department on life and family issues, in his latest effort to streamline the central administration of the 1.2 billion-member Roman Catholic Church.

It will incorporate three existing departments into one - the Pontifical Council for the Laity, the Pontifical Council for the Family and the Pontifical Academy for Life.

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