ROME (CNS): The former head of the Vatican’s office on pastoral care for migrants said he was never consulted about changes being made to the pontifical council he headed for almost eight years.
Japanese Cardinal Stephen Fumio Hamao, who had served as president of the Pontifical Council for Migrants and Travellers since June 1998, said he was disappointed and saddened by the way the curial reform took place.
He only learned his post was being absorbed by another council when he read it in the newspaper.
In two meetings with Pope Benedict XVI last year, the cardinal said the new Pope expressed interest in working together and that he was “very interested in our work”.
But the Tokyo-born cardinal said that during a private September 2005 meeting the Pope gave “no indication then about what would happen to our office”.
The 76-year-old cardinal learned from reading in the newspapers that the Pope had accepted his retirement and that the council’s presidency would temporarily be led by Italian Cardinal Renato Martino, who heads the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace.
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