Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi, the President of the Pontifical Council for Culture, said in remarks published in European media last week and published by Catholic News Agency yesterday that Pope Francis has set even non-believers talking about the Gospel. The Pope “has gotten the world, and non-believers as well, to focus their attention on the Gospel.” Cardinal Ravasi also said that reforms of the Roman Curia will be focused on “strengthening the relationships with dioceses, with bishops, with local Churches."
Cardinal Ravasi also pointed out that a renewal of the Church will encompass both the Church's spiritual and theological life, as well as the Church's works of charity, which the Institute for the Works of Religion helps to oversee. In Cardinal Ravasi's view, part of Pope Francis' winning method is that he uses modern forms of communication like Twitter well, and he uses phrases that people can understand.
Among the challenges facing the Church and the Pontifical Council in the years ahead include dialogues between art, science, and faith, and the study of how the Church can better use communication in the digital age.