Holy Father Pope Francis has established new Vatican diplomatic body to verse the training, assigning and ministry of Vatican nuncios and diplomats around the world. The role of nuncios and their responsibility in the process for nominating bishops for the diocese in the countries they serve has been a frequent topic of discussion at Pope Francis’ meetings with his international Council of Cardinals, which advises him on church governance and is continuing work on proposals for reorganizing the Roman Curia.

As reported by ucanews.com, a statement from the Secretariat of State said, “The Section for Diplomatic Personnel will be concerned exclusively with questions pertaining to the people who work in the diplomatic service of the Holy See or who are preparing to do so.” Further, it read, “The section will oversee the selection, initial and ongoing formation, the living and serving conditions, promotions.”

The head of the Section, Polish His Excellency Archbishop Jan Pawlowski also will convoke and preside over ad hoc meetings to prepare the nominations of pontifical representatives, who formally are nominated by the Pope and usually are mad archbishops with their first posting as a nuncio apostolic delegate.