Pope Francis has named nine cardinals to advise him on running the church and reforming the Vatican bureaucracy.

Pope Francis (Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)

The Vatican announced Saturday the members of the advisory panel and said they would hold their first meeting Oct. 1-3. They include current Vatican officials but more importantly cardinals from Europe, the Americas, Australia and Asia.

In the run-up to the conclave, a reform of the Vatican bureaucracy was a constant drumbeat, as well as calls for making the Vatican more responsive to the needs of bishops around the world.


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