Making remarks to a new Vatican council to review the central church's economic and administrative structures Friday, Pope Francis stressed that the council's eight cardinals and seven lay members should work together as equals.
The seven lay members, Francis said, "represent various parts of the world and contribute with their experience to the good of the church and its particular mission."
"The laity are full members of the new council: not members of the second class, no!" Francis said. "All on the same level."