What will be the leading themes of the next Conclave? This question has been circulating for some time in Rome, and it does not come from an alleged wish to get rid of Pope Francis, nor from the improbable possibility that the Pope would resign or even die. The question is circulating because, after [...]
At midnight on November 30 the historical Vatican Radio station located within the Vatican walls shut down its broadcasts on medium wave (AM). This is part of a process of broadcast reform that began back in 2012 when the then Vatican Radio Director, Fr. Federico Lombardi, SJ, announced that the Radio was going [...]
The Apostolic Letter, “Misericordia et Misera,” officially concluded the Extraordinary Holy Year of Mercy. In a certain sense, the publication of the letter also inaugurated a new phase of Pope Francis’s pontificate.
The short document, published on November 21, contains three main decisions: the extension of the mandate to the Missionaries of mercy, [...]
Pope Francis will release today the document “Misera et misericordia,” an apostolic letter that closes the Extraordinary Year of Mercy. This letter might contain, according to rumors, an unexpected decision by Pope Francis: that the extension of the faculty to hear confessions to priests belonging to the Society of St. Pius X, [...]
The Jubilee of Mercy will end next Sunday with a Mass concelebrated with the Cardinals who will be gathered in Rome for the consistory. As there are no recent shocking revelations or moves by the Pope, the information machine that aims at keeping Pope Francis in the spotlight circulated a rumor that
Bishop Joseph Kalathiparambil, Secretary of the Pontifical Council for the Pastoral Care of Migrants and Itinerants, was appointed Archbishop of Verapoly on October 31. The appointment is another step in the path that will lead to the merging of four Vatican dicasteries into the Dicastery for the Service of Integral Human Development.
In Erfurt, Germany, there are 70 stairs that separate the cathedral from the Church of St. Severe. Erfurt was the place were Martin Luther was an Augustinian monk before his ‘reformation’ and schism. And these 70 stairs were often used as a symbol of the distance between the Catholic Church and the Lutheran [...]
Faith and intellectual depth: these are the two key words provided by Fr. Arturo Sosa, elected General Superior of the Society of Jesus, These keywords epitomize the character of the Jesuits, and will weigh on the new General’s formulation of the guidelines of his mandate. The General Congregation that elected Fr. Sosa, [...]
Pope Francis announced the third consistory of his pontificate the day after Cardinal Angelo Bagnasco was elected President of the Council of European Bishops’ Conferences (CEBC). The two events are not linked. But the two choices indicate two different orientations. And this leads to a question: is there a submerged schism in [...]
Paradoxically, Pope Francis’s “Back to the Future” adventure happened with his two-step trip to Caucasia, that is, in those lands where history is measured in millenniums, rather than in centuries. It is really looking toward East, to those lands full of history, that one can find the future challenges of Catholicism, for at [...]