The statement that Pope Francis has abstained from delivering about Hong Kong has re-opened the discussion on his policy towards China. Hong Kong is now enduring a new Chinese security law that has been dubbed as a freedom-killer by many.
Pope Francis was supposed to deliver a message to the Hong Kong people [...]
There are no detailed news about the temporary oversight of the association Memores Domini, part of the Communion and Liberation Movement. It is known that Pope Francis appointed a delegate, Fr. Gianfranco Ghirlanda, sj, who has become his trusted man when it comes to re-drafting the statutes of important congregations. It is also known [...]
“If I sit in a conclave tomorrow, I would not know the person sitting next to me.” This is what a cardinal – I will not reveal his name – told me some time ago. This says a lot about the feelings of the college of cardinals before an eventual election of another Pope.
The celebration of the 5th anniversary of Pope Francis’ Laudato Si involves the launch of a Year of Creation and a text, “Journeying towards care for our common home,” drafted by an interdicasterial committee on integral ecology established after the publication of the encyclical.
Laudato Si is not Pope Francis’ only encyclical. In [...]
The arrest of Gianluigi Torzi in the Vatican led to more questions than answers. Torzi is the Italian broker who lives in London that operated as an intermediary in the Vatican Secretariat of State purchase of a building in Sloane Avenue, in London.
In the beginning, the Secretariat of State decided to [...]
On May 31st, Pope Francis issued a procurement law for the Vatican. The law establishes the procedure to assign public contracts, centralizes processes, and harmonizes the budget proposals. The new bill was dubbed to be one of Pope Francis’ initiatives to counter corruption in the Vatican.
Others said that the law could be [...]
The biggest challenge for the Church under Pope Francis is likely that of unity. Not ecumenical unity, but within the Catholic faith. There is, indeed, no path towards unity with others if there is no unity within herself. How can Pope Francis face the challenge of unity? Until now, Pope Francis left everyone free [...]
Perhaps the motu proprio with which Pope Francis will regulate procurements at the Vatican will be published today. This law was also discussed at the meeting the Pope had with the heads of the Vatican dicasteries on May 3. During the meeting, it was also pointed out that the new law could impact [...]
The issue of the state of Vatican finances returned to the limelight during these months of the pandemic. With the Vatican Museums closed, and donations down, how can the Holy See pay salaries, keep up services and avoid bankruptcy? On May 3rd, the heads of Vatican dicasteries discussed the issues and looked at three [...]
The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith ruled that the 12 hospitals of the Brothers of Charity in Belgium can no longer be considered Catholic. The CDF took an important stance. At the same time, the ruling sets a precedent we should not underestimate. Here are the facts. The organization Brothers of [...]