India’s Oswald Gracias was among eight high-ranking cardinals from around the world who were on Saturday appointed by Pope Francis in an advisory council to look into ways of reforming the Vatican bureaucracy.

The council will help the Pope revise the Apostolic Constitution on the Roman Curia Pastor bonus — the Church administration which helps him in the daily governance, the Vatican said in a statement.

Pope John Paul II had issued Pastor Bonus in 1988.

“The Holy Father decided to set up the Council following on from discussions that emerged during the General Congregations in the lead up to the Conclave which elected him the 265th Successor to St Peter,” it said. Gracias (68) serves as Archbishop of Bombay (Mumbai), having been appointed by Pope Benedict XVI in 2006. He was raised to the cardinalate in 2007.

— PTI