The “Diary” of the Secretary General of the Second Vatican Council

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It is a volume of almost 600 pages published by the Libreria Editrice Vaticana (the Vatican Press): The Conciliar Diary of Msgr. Pericle Felici, General Secretary of the Second Vatican Council (LEV, 596 pp.), edited by Archbishop Agostino Marchetto. The book is an important help in understanding the history of the Second Vatican Council, as in its […]

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Francis Orders Showers Built for the Homeless near St. Peter’s

On December 17, 2013, Pope Francis talks with three men who live on the streets near the Vatican. As part of a low-key celebration of his 77th birthday, the Pope celebrated morning Mass and had breakfast with the men.

On November 17, renovation work began to create a shower area for the homeless near St. Peter’s Square. Francis’ Almoner tells us more. “Father, I can’t come to the restaurant with you, because I smell bad.” Franco is a homeless man from Sardinia, with a gray, bristly beard and sun-battered skin. At the beginning of […]

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Second Phase of Curia Reform to Be Announced Soon…

Pope Francis prays during a meeting with cardinals at the Vatican October 1. As a series of consultations aimed at the reform of the Vatican bureaucracy began, the pontiff told his group of cardinal advisers that humility and service attract people to the Church, not power and pride.

Several Curial offices will be merged, observers say, and in this way, the work of the Curia will be streamlined. Decisions are expected soon… As reported on La Croix  and echoed on Periodista Digital, the Pope summoned the heads of Curial dicasteries to a meeting on Monday, November 24, where the second phase of Curial reform was discussed. Apparently this […]

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Cardinal Sarah New Prefect for Divine Worship

Cardinal Robert Sarah, president of the Pontifical Council Cor Unum, leaves the concluding session of the extraordinary Synod of Bishops on the family at the Vatican October 18.

Francis has nominated the 69-year-old African cardinal as head of the Congregation that handles affairs relating to the liturgy of the Catholic Church. He replaces Cardinal Cañizares. Everyone was on tenterhooks waiting to see who would take over from Spanish Cardinal Antonio Cañizares as Prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship. The answer came in […]

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Synod on the Family: A Battle Looms

In St. Peter’s Square on October 26, 2013, Pope Francis met representatives of families from around the world who had gathered to celebrate the closing the “Year of Faith”.

The thing that is most striking when one reads the Instrumentum Laboris, the working document that will be used at the upcoming bishops’ Synod on the Family in October, is not a specific detail, aspect, or problem (for example the administration of the sacraments to remarried divorcees or the attitude one should take towards same-sex unions). […]

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Pope denounces “idolatrous economies”, defends Pius XII…

Henrique Cymerman.

On June 9, the day when illness forced him to rest, Pope Francis granted a long interview to the Spanish newspaper La Vanguardia. The full text was also made available by the website Il Sismografo. The interview was carried out by a Portuguese journalist, Henrique Cy­merman, who is a Middle East correspondent for La Vanguardia, Antena 3 and […]

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Exclusive Portrait – Lorenzo Baldisseri

The second name on the Pope’s list of new cardinals is that of the new head of the Synod of Bishops, also an Italian, Lorenzo Baldisseri, 73. Pope Francis, moments after his election on March 13, famously removed his own cardinal’s cap and placed it on the head of then-Archbishop Baldisseri, who was acting as the […]

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“Never Be Afraid of Tenderness”

Christmas: "It is the encounter with Jesus. God has always sought out his people, led them, looked after them and promised to always be close to them.

In this exclusive interview, Pope Francis speaks about Christmas, hunger in the world, the suffering of children, the reform of the Roman Curia, women cardinals, the Institute for the Works of Religion (IOR), and his upcoming visit to the Holy Land.  “For me Christmas is hope and tenderness….” Francis talks to La Stampa and Vatican […]

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The Hidden Gems of Francis’ Life

Argentinian Vatican correspondent Elisabetta Piqué and Pope Francis.

ACardinal Bergoglio who, just a few hours before being elected Pope, rediscovered the vocation for chemistry he had as a young man, offering a cardinal colleague some advice on medicine doses as they sat down to eat… A Cardinal Bergoglio who was elected after a voting session had to be annulled due to a mistake […]

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