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June 11, 2021
Staff Reporter
“In the context of its role of supervision, the Dicastery… has identified several reasonable criteria concerning two necessary aspects of good government: regulating the terms of office in governing bodies at the international level, and the representativeness of these bodies.”
June 09, 2021
Staff Reporter
— Rome — The European Commission’s financial monitor, MONEYVAL, has issued a highly critical report on the anti-money-laundering and general financial oversight efforts of the Holy See. Both MONEYVAL and the Holy See describe the report as “positive” and cite “moderate” to “substantial” effectiveness ratings across a range of areas, but note significant room for
June 04, 2021
Christopher R. Altieri
It took guts for Cardinal Marx to do what he's done. It took guts for Pope Francis to let him. Whatever else Cardinal Marx has done -- whatever the ecclesiastical repercussions, whatever the ecclesiological fallout -- he has done the thing that no other senior Churchman has shown himself capable of doing.
June 01, 2021
Staff Reporter
On Monday, the World Health Assembly – the governing forum of the World Health Organisation – formally accepted the Holy See as a non-Member State Observer. A statement from the Holy See Press Office notes that the decision “reflects the relationship that the Holy See has continuously maintained with this Organization since 1953 and it
May 28, 2021
Tommaso Pozzi
“The Holy See's envoys will gain an overall picture of the Archdiocese’s complex pastoral situation and at the same time examine any errors committed by Cardinal Rainer Maria Woelki, as well as by the Archbishop of Hamburg, Archbishop Stefan Hesse, and the auxiliaries (of Cologne), Bishops Dominikus Schwaderlapp and Ansgar Puff, regarding cases of sexual abuse.”
May 27, 2021
Staff Reporter
Pope Francis has renewed the leadership of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments (CDW), promoting the dicastery’s secretary, Archbishop Arthur Roche, to Prefect of the Vatican’s liturgy department. The English prelate was appointed coadjutor Bishop of Leeds, England, in 2002 by Pope John Paul II. He succeeded Bishop David Konstant
May 21, 2021
Christopher R. Altieri
If the incongruity of making the Church more synodalitous by papal diktat ever occurred to him, neither he nor his lieutenants and mouthpieces have given any evidence of it.
May 17, 2021
Staff Reporter
Pope Francis has appointed the head of the Jesuits’ China Province as the new Bishop of Hong Kong. Father Stephen Chow Sau-Yan will succeed Bishop Michael Yeung Ming-cheung, who served as Hong Kong’s Bishop for just 17 months from August 2017 to January 2019. Following his untimely death, the diocese has been headed by his
May 12, 2021
Tommaso Pozzi
Bishop Jan Tyrawa by Krzysztof Mizera — own work — CC BY-SA 4.0   Pope Francis on Thursday accepted the resignation of Jan Tyrawa, the bishop of Bydgoszcz in northern Poland, following an investigation into allegations of covering up clerical sexual abuse of minors. In accordance with its usual practice, the Press Office of the
May 04, 2021
Staff Reporter
Pope Francis says, "The true economy, the one that creates work, is in crisis."
May 03, 2021
Tommaso Pozzi
One modifies the General Regulations of the Roman Curia in an attempt to discourage and curtail corruption. The other allows Cardinals and Bishops to be tried for criminal offences by lower-level Vatican Courts.
April 26, 2021
Tommaso Pozzi
Pope Francis has called an Ordinary Public Consistory to consider seven causes for canonization, including that of Blessed Charles de Foucauld. At the Consistory, set for Monday, May 3, Cardinals resident in Rome or who are present in city will vote on whether to proceed with the canonizations of the Blesseds. The Vatican has noted