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New role for Cardinal Pell

Cardinal George Pell of Sydney leaves a meeting of cardinals with Pope Francis in the synod hall at the Vatican Feb. 20. The Vatican announced Feb. 24 that Cardinal Pell has been appointed by Pope Francis to head a new Vatican office overseeing Vatican finances. (CNS photo/Paul Haring).

Cardinal George Pell of Sydney leaves a meeting of cardinals with Pope Francis in the synod hall at the Vatican Feb. 20. The Vatican announced Feb. 24 that Cardinal Pell has been appointed by Pope Francis to head a new Vatican office overseeing Vatican finances. (CNS photo/Paul Haring).

CARDINAL George Pell sees his new appointment as prefect of the Holy See’s new Secretariat for the Economy as an opportunity to support the good works of the Church, “particularly our works with the poor and disadvantaged”.

Cardinal Pell’s appointment, the most senior yet for an Australian Catholic religious leader, was announced by Pope Francis on February 24.

The appointment came at the end of a meeting that the cardinal attended with the C8 group of cardinals who were appointed by Pope Francis for curial reform.

The Pope announced the new arrangements for economic and administrative affairs after receiving a report on the review conducted by the expert panel he established last year.

The review recommendations were endorsed by both the council of eight cardinals established to advise the Holy Father on governance and the committee of 15 cardinals, which oversees the financial affairs.

Cardinal Pell is expected to take up his new position by the end of March.

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