VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Pope Francis has reconfirmed most members of the Congregation for Clergy and named three new members.
The new members named June 9 were U.S.-born Archbishop Gintaras Grusas of Vilnius, Lithuania; Italian Cardinal Giuseppe Betori of Florence, Italy; and German Cardinal Rainer Woelki of Berlin.
The departing members of the congregation include Cardinals Tarcisio Bertone, retired Vatican secretary of state; Joachim Meisner, retired archbishop of Cologne, Germany; Nicolas Lopez Rodriguez of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic; Antonio Rouco Varela of Madrid; Dionigi Tettamanzi, retired archbishop of Milan; Paul Cordes, retired president of the Pontifical Council Cor Unum; and 69-year-old Polycarp Pengo of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.
Pope Francis also confirmed 19 current members of the congregation, including U.S. Cardinals Sean P. O’Malley of Boston; Donald W. Wuerl of Washington; and Canadian Cardinal Marc Ouellet, prefect of the Congregation for Bishops.
The prefect of the Congregation for Clergy — the office responsible for the formation, ministry and life of priests and deacons — is Italian Cardinal Beniamino Stella, whom Pope Francis appointed in September 2013.
Archbishop Grusas, 52, was born to Lithuanian parents in Washington, D.C., and grew up in the Los Angeles area.
Before his priestly ordination in 1994, he served as a technical consultant for marketing at IBM. He served as secretary-general of the Lithuanian bishops’ conference and was head of Lithuania’s military ordinariate before being named archbishop of Vilnius in 2013.
With a degree in mathematics and computer science at the University of California at Los Angeles, the archbishop also studied at the Franciscan University of Steubenville, Ohio, and at Rome’s Pontifical Beda College, the Pontifical Lithuanian College and the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas.
In a time of crisis CatholicPhilly.com keeps the information flowing
During the current coronavirus crisis, you can help CatholicPhilly.com deliver the kind of news people need to know about the Catholic Church, especially in the Philadelphia region, and the world in which we live ― every day.
Budgets are tight at this time, and CatholicPhilly's is no different than those of most families. We make sure your donation in any amount will go a long way toward continuing our mission to inform, form in the Catholic faith and inspire the thousands of readers who visit every month.
Here is how you can help:
- A $100 gift allows us to present award-winning photos of Catholic life in our neighborhoods.
- A $50 gift enables us to cover a news event in a local parish, school or Catholic institution.
- A $20 gift lets us obtain solid faith formation resources that can deepen your spirituality and knowledge of the faith.
- A small, automated monthly donation means you can support us continually and easily.
Won't you consider making a gift today?
Please join in the church's vital mission of communications by offering a gift in whatever amount that you can ― a single gift of $40, $50, $100, or more, or a monthly donation. Your gift will strengthen the fabric of our entire Catholic community.
Make your donation by credit card here:
Or make your donation by check:
222 N. 17th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103