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What happened?

Pope Francis has named Bishop Kevin J Farrell of Dallas to lead the Vatican’s new dicastery for laity, family and life. The new office should respond “to the situations of our age and adapt to the needs of the Universal Church”, the Pontiff said.

When Bishop Farrell moves to Rome he will be joining his brother Bishop Brian Farrell, secretary of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity. It will be the first time the two brothers have ministered in the same city.

What the US media are saying

Jeffrey Weiss at the Dallas Morning News said the Vatican had called in its “clean-up guy”. He said: “Bishop Kevin Farrell was sent to Dallas in 2007 to deal with a mess. He did well enough here that he’s headed to Rome to deal with another one.”

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