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Pope Francis has announced the appointment of Cardinal Peter Ebere Okpaleke as a member of the Dicastery for Laity, the Family, and Life.
In a statement which was obtained by The Eastern Updates, the Vatican disclosed that Cardinal Okpaleke would function in the new capacity in addition to his responsibilities as the Catholic Bishop of Ekwulobia, Anambra State.
The statement further explained that the Dicastery for Laity, Family and Life was established by Pope Francis on 15th August, 2016, with the Motu Proprio ‘Sedula Mater’ that described the responsibilities and functions that previously pertained to the Pontifical Council for the Laity and the Pontifical Council for the Family.
Other cardinals appointed into new Dicastery include Cardinal Robert McElroy of San Diego, who will also serve as a member of the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development.
Cardinal Arthur Roche of Britain, the Prefect of the Dicastery for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, was named a member of the dicasteries for Evangelisation, for Bishops, and for Culture and Education.
The Pontiff also named Korean Cardinal, Lazarus You Heung-sik, Prefect of the Dicastery for Clergy as a member of the dicasteries for Evangelisation, for Bishops and for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments.
The Pope also appointed Cardinals Filipe Neri Ferrão of Goa, India, and Giorgio Marengo, apostolic prefect of Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, as new members to the Dicastery for Evangelisation.