The New Zealand Bishops were informed of Pope Francis’ decision to appoint Cardinal Dew to the Congregation for Divine Worship during their Conference meetings last week.
The bishops welcomed this appointment and the opportunity this provides for Cardinal Dew to work collegially with fellow bishops in the important area of liturgy and worship.
Cardinal Dew contributes to the universal work of the Holy See as a member of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples and the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity.
He is a respected pastor and bishop and recently attended the IARRCUM Meeting in Canterbury and Rome as a representative of New Zealand, an acknowledgement of his strong ecumenical relationships in New Zealand.
The bishops were also pleased to see representation from Australia in the appointment of Archbishop Denis Hart to the Congregation of Divine Worship. This coming soon after the announcement that the Oceania region will have another Cardinal in the appointment of Archbishop Sir John Ribat of Papua New Guinea to the College of Cardinals, to be formalised in the Consistory later this month.
Pope Francis has appointed 27 new members to the Congregation for Divine Worship and Cardinal Dew is looking forward to working with them.