On December 17, Pope Francis turned 84 and celebrated his 8th birthday since becoming Pope. 2020 was a challenging year, marked by the pandemic. There were no international trips, nor massive events. Yet, many things were accomplished. Soon, the Curia reform plans will be completed. However, the Curia reform is already underway since [...]
It has not yet been officially announced, but on December 21, Pope Francis should meet with the Roman Curia employees for Christmas greetings, Covid restrictions permitting. It is awaited with expectation, because it is through this speech that Pope Francis could definitively mark the new phase of his pontificate.
What would this new phase [...]
Pope Francis’ pontificate is now turning toward a new phase. The Nov. 28 consistory was both a watershed and a new impetus. For Pope Francis, this impetus should lead to the final stage of his project for the renewal of the Church.
Even people who know Pope Francis well cannot describe his renewal [...]
For those who do not remember, Paolo Gabriele was Benedict XVI’s butler who then betrayed the Pope’s trust and handed over [...]
In the end, Cardinal Angelo Becciu sued the Italian magazine L’Espresso for a defamatory campaign against him. The complaint provides a series of details to claim there was a plot against the Cardinal. The word “plot” was mentioned, for the first time, by Vittorio Feltri, editor of the Italian newspaper Libero. Feltri used broad [...]
The publication of the McCarrick Report could not be more untimely. The 461-page report documenting evaluation mistakes, superficialities, and major flaws in selecting bishops came out the day after a documentary critical of Cardinal Dziwisz was broadcast in Poland. The documentary attacked Dziwisz for allegedly covering up abuse. On the morning of Nov. 10, [...]
We still do not know if the five Vatican officials suspended during the investigation on the purchase of a luxury real estate property in London will be prosecuted or not. Everything seems on hold one year after the spectacular searches and seizures that took place in the Secretariat of State and the [...]
There is a detail in the Becciu affair that went unnoticed. Yet it is rather important: the Vatican, via the Interpol, asked the Italian Police to arrest an Italian citizen. The Vatican is also asking the Italian State to extradite this Italian citizen to the Vatican. The extradition request can have a considerable [...]
Pope Francis’ alleged declarations backing homosexual civil unions, featured in a documentary film, have generated a lively discussion. Some spoke about a plot to manipulate Pope Francis’ words, while others dated the plot back to when these words were uttered. The film does not include an original interview with the Pope. It shows unaired [...]
There is a twofold meaning to the Nov. 28 consistory Pope Francis announced Sunday, with which he will set the basis for a conclave with a substantial majority of cardinals he himself has created, and by which he will give a definitive shape to the reform of mindset he has always pursued.