Fr. Lombardi, the press secretary of the Holy See, announced through Zenit News Agency that the Council of Cardinals will begin tomorrow, Tuesday, Oct. 1.
Among the eight Cardinals attending is the Archbishop of Boston, Sean Patrick O'Malley O.F.M. Cap.
Fr. Lombardi also read from a Chirograph, which is a papal decree whose circulation is limited to the Roman Curia, published today by the Holy See, in which the Holy Father formally institutes the Council. The group of eight cardinals will assist the Pope in the governance of the Church as well as to draw up a project for the revision of the Apostolic Constitution Pastor Bonus.
The government of the Church will be enriched with a new modality of governing through consultation. "The key words to define this method of government would be "sysodality", to bring forward a church that walks together with its various components in the search for the will of God through consultation and patience," Fr. Lombardi said.
The council will meet Tues., Wed. and Thursday in the morning and afternoon. Pope Francis is expected to attend all meetings except Weds. morning during the weekly General Audience. The meetings will be private.
During the meetings the Pope and the cardinals will be discussing eighty documents which have been circulating among the cardinals.
The cardinals will be staying at Santa Marta. where Pope Francis has chosen to live. The Holy Father has said that the main task of the Council will be "a Council of Cardinals with the task of assisting me in the governance of the Universal church and drawing up a project for revision of the Apostolic Constitution Pastor Bonus on the Roman Curia".
Reforming the Roman Curia is a primary task Pope Francis faces.
This council begins a new style of governing for the Catholic Church. While the authority of Pope Francis is the same as for past popes. He has demonstrated a desire to listen and consult with not only the cardinals and bishops, but with the Catholic people as well.