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Jobless in the Curia

The Vatican has been re-organised, with six of its departments now compressed into two mega-departments, called dicasteries. One result, says Sandro Magister at chiesa.espressonline.it, is a rise in unemployment. Senior figures such as Polish Cardinal Stanisław Rylko and German Bishop Josef Clemens have been left temporarily jobless after their old positions disappeared.

Magister observes that 50 lay employees “should not be in any danger, because Pope Francis has said repeatedly that he will never fire the father or mother of a family. But a different fate may be in store for the 18 clerics and four Religious.”

The Italian Vatican-watcher says these 22 officials “could be sent packing out of the blue, back to their respective dioceses or congregations”. He concludes that the group will have to wait until the publication of the next Annuario Pontificio, which will contain the updated organisational structure of Roman Curia, to learn their fate.

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