Pope Francis picks cardinals to help begin reform

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Pope Francis, in his first major decision yesterday, set up an advisory board of cardinals from around the world to help him govern the Catholic Church and reform its troubled central administration.

The eight cardinals will help him put into place changes in an administration which has been held responsible for some of the mishaps and scandals that plagued the eight-year reign of Pope Benedict XVI before he resigned in February. A Vatican statement said the group would “advise him in the governing of the universal Church”. The eight prelates come from Italy, Chile, India, Germany, Democratic Republic of Congo, the United States, Australia, and Honduras.