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Bishop Leiria-Fatima chosen by Pope for department linked to laic

The pope today appointed the Bishop of Leiria-Fátima, António Marto, for the dicastery for the laic, family and life, name given to the departments of government of the Catholic Church, was announced today.

The Holy See today reported that the pope included among the members of the dicasteries of the Roman Curia a set of eminent cardinals created in the consistory of June 28, including António Marto.

The dicastery for the laic, family and life, instituted by Pope Francisco with the apostolic letter of August 15, 2016, will include Luis Francisco Ladaria Ferrer, prefect of the congregation for the doctrine of the faith, and António Marto, recently appointed cardinal.

It is for this dicastery to encourage and encourage the promotion of the vocation and mission of the lay faithful in the church and in the world as individuals, as members of associations, movements and communities.

The dicastery also promotes studies to help in the doctrinal deepening of the problems and issues that concern the lay faithful.

The bishop of Leiria-Fátima, António Marto, was created cardinal on June 28, having affirmed at the time to Ecclesia that reaching the cardinal “is the gift of Pope Francisco a Fatima” to highlight the sanctuary as “paradigm and model for the others”.

The Bishop of Leiria-Fatima pointed to the doctrine of faith, family, new evangelization or the cultural sector as areas where he feels “interested and with a certain ease.”

In the consistory of June 28 were created 14 new cardinals, 11 of them with the power to participate in a future conclave that meets to elect a new pope.

With the entrance of the bishop of Leiria-Fátima in the college of the cardinals, Portugal happened to be represented by four cardinals.

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