Pope Francis, who will be the next Pope?
While Pope Francis shows in every way that he is still firmly in charge of the government of the Church despite his inevitable physical decline, there is a lot of talk about the end of the pontificate, and we are already starting to look to his successor. Nothing new because this has always been [...]
Pope Francis, the Church in Italy as a mirror of the pontificate
The appointment of the new president of the Italian Bishops’ Conference (CEI) next week will signal how Pope Francis wants to delineate the last contours of his pontificate. It is a common view that by now, the pontificate of Pope Francis cannot have great peaks of novelty but only a last propulsive thrust before [...]
Cardinal Zen and Pope Francis’ fluid diplomacy
The news of the arrest of Cardinal Joseph Zen on May 11 came like a bolt from the blue. The Cardinal was accused by Beijing of collusion with foreign forces and arrested along with three other people who ran a fund to provide legal fees for those detained by the 2019 protests.
Pope Francis, the challenge of not reducing religion to culture
Pope Francis has appeared in two programs on the Italian government tv channel RAI during the beginning of the Easter period. The first, A Sua Immagine, is a historical program made in collaboration with the Italian Conference of Bishops, also containing the Angelus of Pope Francis every Sunday. The second, “I volti dei Vangeli,” [...]
Pope Francis and the Synodal Church
Last week, a meeting of the committees of the Synod on Synodality, which Pope Francis convened for 2023, was held in Rome. It was a meeting to set up a common path, talk to each other, and begin to concretize what should be a Synod that will give a new face to the Church. [...]