New cardinal hopes reform will see Vatican speak for voiceless

One of Pope Francis’s new cardinals hopes reform of the Roman Curia will see the Vatican becoming “the voice for the voiceless”.

Cardinal-designate Berhaneyesus Souraphiel from Ethiopia said the Catholic Church is a great institution with presence around the world.

He voiced particular concern about people in East Africa who are being displaced from their homes by mining operations.

“These people need to be heard,” Cardinal Souraphiel said.

He said society is increasingly looking to the Church “for leadership and for being a voice, especially for the voiceless, for the marginalised”.

The prelate’s remarks came in response to a question about what he wants most from Pope Francis’s expected reform of the Vatican bureaucracy.

A consistory of cardinals will look at reforms proposed for the Roman Curia.

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