Pope Francis’ pontificate seems to have picked up speed. Not only because of the 2019 trips schedule, which is already tight, though incomplete. Not only because the changes in the Vatican communication department. And not only because of the rumors that the Pope is going to shut down the [...]
Greg Burke and Paloma Garcia Ovejero’s decision to resign as director and deputy director of the Holy See Press Office marks the beginning of a new course for Vatican communication under Pope Francis.
The announcement of the resignations came with a short press release on Dec. 31. Though a change of the guard [...]
After 30 years, the Pontifical Commission Ecclesia Dei might cease to exist. Established by St. John Paul II right after the Lefevbrist schism in 1988, in order to entertain a dialogue with traditionalist parties, the commission was reformed by Benedict XVI with the 2009 instruction Universae Ecclesiae. The instruction linked the commission [...]
The appointments of Andrea Tornielli as editorial director in the Dicastery for Communication and of Andrea Monda as editor of L’Osservatore Romano marks the moment when Pope Francis’ reform of communication starts to take a definitive shape. At the same time, it is also the moment when a new way of managing issues begins.
It is official: the last meeting of the Council of Cardinals the way Pope Francis originally shaped it took place in September. Actually, there were a series of clues: the final press release of the meeting spoke about the “advanced age” of some of the members and the need to further reflect [...]
t would be difficult, long and tough for specialists to detail what is that Pope Francis effectively reformed with his motu propio on the approval of the new law for Vatican City State, published on December 6. However, this reform can at least show some of the modus operandi of Pope Francis’ [...]
In advance of the 27th meeting of the Council of Cardinals, to take place Dec. 10 -12, Pope Francis chaired a meeting with the heads of Vatican dicasteries.
These so called “interdicasterial meetings” are periodic gatherings which deal with specific subjects. This last meeting discussed, above all, Curia expenses. This has been a [...]
Under Pope Francis, when it comes to talk about reforms in the Church, a new protagonism for lay people and giving greater responsibility to women in the Curia ranks are often highlighted. The truth is that Pope Francis’ reform is aimed above all at bishops. Pope Francis is working to reform the profile [...]
In strict chronological order, the signs are: the establishment of the new academic program in Sciences for Peace at the Pontifical Lateran University; the request to the [...]
October was a crucial month for Pope Francis: the Pope asked all the faithful to pray daily the Rosary and the St. Michael the Archangel prayer to protect the Church from the Great Accuser. Pope Francis reiterated this request at the end of the Synod of Bishops.
It was a crucial point [...]