There being a media papacy and an actual papacy applies to any pontificate. The media does not know the profound reasons for a pope’s decisions or why he chooses some collaborators over others. They simply observe and then report what they observe. Sometimes, it is accurate; other times they can be misled in their [...]
When Pope Francis was elected ten years ago, the decision to rewrite part of the recent history of the Church was immediately clear. The extraordinary emphasis given to Pope Francis’ gestures, the attention of the media, but also some gestures made by Francis himself from the beginning, said so.
In these ten years of [...]
The news that the Synod will no longer have auditors, but members, be they bishops, priests, religious, or lay people, was not unexpected. Already in the Praedicate Evangelium, the apostolic constitution which regulates the functioning of the Curia, it was no longer called the Synod of bishops. And therefore, it was logical that [...]
Today, the first Council of Cardinals of the new era of Pope Francis’ pontificate begins. Of course, it is not the first Council held after the promulgation of the Apostolic Constitution Praedicate Evangelium, the reform of the Curia, which was the main reason why the Pope decided to gather around himself a group of [...]
Once again, Pope Francis has changed the Vatican judiciary system. He did it with a motu proprio, the third on the issue since he promulgated the new judicial system in 2020. The need to continuously “adjust” laws analyzed and evaluated according to ad hoc requirements is striking. And so is the fact that [...]
Pope Francis has collected testimonies of people from various war scenarios to serve as witnesses of the faith at the Way of the Cross on Good Friday at the Colosseum. Their testimonies are anonymous, and the texts were not disclosed in advance, as usual, but only a few hours before the Way of the [...]
News of Pope Francis’ deteriorating health has given way to speculation about different scenarios. The point now is no longer to identify a successor to Pope Francis but to understand how to fix the governance problems that have occurred during this pontificate.
Pope Francis has said repeatedly that he had been elected with the [...]
Before the latest motu proprio on the implementation of the Vos Estis Lux Mundi, Pope Francis’ latest government decision is the renewal of the Council of Cardinals membership. Nine members with the inclusion of Cardinal Pietro Parolin, Vatican Secretary of State, who attended all meetings but who was not initially included in the chirograph [...]
The news of the acquittal “because the fact does not exist” of Monsignor Nunzio Scarano, a former official of the Administration of the Patrimony of the Apostolic See, came on the eve of the testimony in court of Archbishop Edgar Pena Parra, substitute (deputy) of the Secretariat of State, in the trial on [...]
Ten years ago, Pope Francis came out donned as a Pope from the Loggia delle Benedizioni of the Vatican Apostolic Palace for the first time. He had refused the red mozzetta, had asked to be blessed by the people, and immediately began building his pontificate, which was, in reality, a work of visible breach [...]