Pope Francis has appointed Archbishop Charles Chaput a member of the Pontifical Council for the Laity. The Holy See made the announcement Thursday, Feb. 6.
No details on the archbishop’s role on the council were released by the Vatican or the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. Archbishop Chaput is the only American member of the council.
A department or “dicastery” of the curia (the church’s central administration at the Vatican), the Pontifical Council for the Laity “assists the Pope in all matters concerning the contribution the lay faithful make to the life and mission of the Church, whether as individuals or through the various forms of association that have arisen and constantly arise within the Church,” according to the Holy See’s website.
That document said the council promotes and coordinates “the apostolate of the laity” in the Catholic Church and the concerns of “the Christian life of lay people.”
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