With the appointment of its first lay woman secretary-general, and the first anywhere in the world, the German Bishops’ Conference last week wanted to indicate the fruits of the Synodal Path of the Church in Germany. In short, a signal that the changes they are discussing will be implemented, whether Rome wants it or [...]
Pope Francis’s latest justice reform completes a path of reform of the new Vatican judicial system that began some time ago and resulted in a reform in 2020 that resulted from an extensive debate. After all, a discussion focused on a basic theme: make the Vatican City State a full fledge state, or maintain [...]
There are three articles, published in recent days in the Italian newspaper Il Foglio, which are worth reading. The three pieces – a series which you can find here - signed by a certain Cincinnato, highlights contradictions and problems created with the Vatican judges’ protagonism in the latest financial events.
It is worth remembering [...]
That of Benedict XVI was a diplomacy founded on truth, which reasoned on principles, and which had as its ultimate goal not only peace but also the peace that comes from the awareness that we are children of God. A speech by Benedict XVI delivered fifteen years ago explains it very well.
The occasion [...]
What Pope Francis thinks, or how he reasons, can be understood above all when the Pope speaks off the cuff, raising his eyes from the paper. Sometimes he inserts phrases into a prepared text; other times, he breaks himself completely loose and delivers real, impromptu speeches. On January 29, at the end of his [...]
It now seems inevitable that 2021 will be a year of significant changes for Pope Francis. The Curia’s reform should be finalized, Vatican finances will once again be under scrutiny by the Council of Europe’s MONEYVAL committee, and Pope Francis will be called to conduct a robust reshuffle of Vatican dicastery heads, as [...]
An Associated Press article published last week shed light on the weakness of the Vatican judicial system. This weakness dramatically emerged during the investigation on the purchase of luxury real estate in London by the Vatican Secretariat of State.
The investigation was a summary proceeding authorized directly by the Pope. Pope Francis skipped [...]
Pope Francis ended the year without celebrating Mass due to sciatica pain. And he started it without celebrating the Baptism in the Sistine chapel, as it is tradition, this time for the anti-COVID restrictions. 2021 was born, therefore, marked by coronavirus restrictions, and the Pope’s appeals to get out of the crisis together, and [...]
Pope Francis concluded the year by proclaiming a Special Year for the Family in 2021, dedicated to Amoris Laetitia. This special year, he explained, falls five years after the publication of the post-synodal exhortation that has generated so much controversy. It intends precisely to study it, reflect on it, and highlight the challenges of [...]
What if the Christmas address to the Roman Curia was Pope Francis’s last? A few days after the delivery of that speech, rumors spread that Pope Francis could renounce his pontificate, as Benedict XVI had already done, between Christmas and New Year. The rumors were credited by an alleged comment by Austen [...]