Pope convenes advisers to chart Vatican reform and acknowledges 'healthy' resistance

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Pope Francis is convening his advisers to chart the reform of the Vatican bureaucracy, acknowledging resistance to his changes but saying he welcomes the debate and is nevertheless undeterred.

It's the seventh time the group of nine cardinals, representing five continents and the Vatican, have met to plot a revamp of the Vatican administration, which Francis has said needs to be overhauled to make it more efficient and responsive to today's church.

In an interview with Argentina's La Nacion newspaper on the eve of the meetings starting Tuesday, Francis acknowledged that internal resistance to his changes "is now evident."

But he said opposition is healthy: "That is a good sign for me, getting the resistance out into the open, no stealthy mumbling when there is disagreement."