It isn’t easy, at first glance, to associate Pope Francis with actual legislative activity. From the beginning of the pontificate, the Pope’s image is that of a Pope of gestures who wants to set a good example and pull the Church out of its institutional walls and bring it towards the outskirts. A [...]
“Pope Francis did not create divisions. He inherited them.” It was with this lapidary affirmation that America, the Jesuit magazine, addressed the issue of the divisions following the promulgation of the Traditionis Custodes, the motu proprio of Pope Francis, which considers – Pope Francis explained it- the ancient rite in the same way [...]
Pope Francis’ decision to establish a Foundation for Catholic Health in the Vatican has been little debated. Still, it is an important decision that can have several consequences.
One of the first consequences was the decision of the Holy See to prevent the sale of the Fatebenefratelli hospital in Rome. The flagship of [...]
This week, two important facts concerning the issue of abuse have struck the Holy See. The first is that Cardinal Rainer Maria Woelki, archbishop of Cologne, began his spiritual retreat, practically suspending himself from the administration of the archdiocese until March. The second is that in France, a government report established that about [...]
The third hearing of the Vatican process on the management of the funds of the Secretariat of State did not lack twists. The Vatican Promoter of Justice (i.e., the prosecutor) proposed that all the requests for a action and information be returned to him so that he could redo the investigations in a clearer [...]
What Pope Francis writes must always be read carefully because it includes transversal messages that also allow us to understand how the Pope thinks or works, and above all, what is the image he wants to portray with his actions. For example, Pope Francis wrote the preface for the volume “Fraternità Segno dei [...]
Pope Francis’ words about the fact that some had already thought about his succession at the news of his surgery represented a sort of punch in the stomach. Not so much for the rumors about a possible successor, because those have always been there, and not only when the Pope in charge is [...]
There was no need for a press conference on the plane to confirm Pope Francis’s pragmatic approach to theological issues. But the press conference on the return flight from the trip to Hungary and Slovakia further clarified some aspects of the Pope’s approach to theological matters.
One question, in particular, focused on the [...]
In Pope Francis’ trip to Budapest, there is an issue that must make us reflect. Pope Francis wanted to go to Hungary for a pastoral visit only, without even meeting the government. This choice also betrayed some hard feelings towards the executive headed by Viktor Orban, whom the Vatican also targeted for its migration [...]
This week, Pope Francis granted a lengthy radio interview to COPE, the Spanish Bishops’ Conference radio. In an hour and a half, he tackled various issues, some of them very thorny, such as the trials in the Vatican, the reform of the Curia, his resignation. His answers, however, reveal not only the way [...]