Pope taps American to head new Vatican office for families

Dallas Catholic Bishop Kevin Farrell speaks to reporters outside the the Diocese of Dallas Catholic Conference and Formation Center, where Louise Troh and family have been staying in the Oak Cliff section of Dallas, Monday, Oct. 20, 2014, in Dallas. Officials said that 43 of 48 people on an original watch list had passed the 21-day incubation period for the viral disease and are now in the clear, including Troh and her family. Photo Credit: LM Otero, AP Photo

VATICAN CITY (AP) – Pope Francis has named an American, Dallas Bishop Kevin Farrell, to head the new Vatican office for families and laity.

Farrell, a former Legion of Christ priest whose brother is also a top Vatican official, becomes one of the highest-ranking Americans at the Holy See.

Francis appointed Farrell on Wednesday as he formally created the new Dicastery for the Laity, Families and Life, which combines several Vatican offices into one. The reform is part of Francis’ bigger overhaul of the Vatican bureaucracy to make it more efficient and reflects the pope’s focus on better ministering to Catholic families and laity.

In a related appointment Wednesday, Francis named the former head of the Vatican’s office for family matters, Monsignor Vincenzo Paglia, to lead the Vatican’s bioethics think tank and marriage institute.

Bishop Kevin J. Farrell, left, leads a Mass dedicated to the slain and injured Dallas Police officers at the Cathedral Guadalupe in Dallas, Saturday, July 9, 2016. A peaceful protest, over the recent shootings of black men by police, turned violent Thursday night as gunman Micah Johnson shot at officers, killing several and injuring others. Photo Credit: Gerald Herbert, AP Photo
Bishop Kevin J. Farrell, left, leads a Mass dedicated to the slain and injured Dallas Police officers at the Cathedral Guadalupe in Dallas, Saturday, July 9, 2016. A peaceful protest, over the recent shootings of black men by police, turned violent Thursday night as gunman Micah Johnson shot at officers, killing several and injuring others. Photo Credit: Gerald Herbert, AP Photo

 

 

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