Two Years to Reorganize Vatican Communications

Pope Francis uses a tablet to officially open online registration for World Youth Day 2016 in Poland. He did this during the Angelus from the window of his studio overlooking St. Peter's Square at the Vatican July 26. (CNS photo/L'Osservatore Romano via EPA) See POPE-ANGELUS July 27, 2015.

Monsignor Viganò, from January 22, 2013 to December 21, 2015, you were the director of the “Pope’s Television Network,” the CTV (“Centro Televisivo Vaticano”). And on June 27, 2015, you also received quite a 53rd birthday present: your nomination as prefect of the newly-formed Communications Secretariat, with the task of reorganizing the Holy See’s composite […]

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“I felt a burning inside me, like a sacred fire…”

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  Hans Albert Courtial, president of the International Foundation of Sacred Music and Art. He came from Germany to Rome, and never left… We are looking down upon the statues that encircle St. Peter’s col­onnade. To our left we can see the Sant’Uffizio Palace, and, a little beyond, the facade of the Basilica itself. Facing […]

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Hungary: Who Is Cardinal Peter Erdo?

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The Vatican Press has just come out with a long conversation between the journalist Robert Moynihan (director of the monthly Inside the Vatican) and the Primate of Hungary, Cardinal Peter Erdo. The dialogue, which began in 2011, offers the opportunity to know more about the cardinal, who recently, and unfairly, was accused of hard-heartedness toward […]

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“Living in a Family Gives Extraordinary Value to The Human Person”

Pope Francis kisses a child on the forehead in St. Peter’s Square two years ago, on October, 26, 2013. The Pope was meeting with families from around the world in connection with the Year of Faith (Galazka photo).

An interview with Bishop Bruno Forte on the upcoming Synod on the Family — and his controversial role in last year’s Synod Born in Naples 66 years ago, Bruno Forte has been Archbishop of the Diocese of Chieti-Vasto, in central Italy, since 2004. He was consecrated bishop in Naples by Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, and when […]

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“The Pope Begins With Faith… as it Passes Through Reason”

Pope Francis shakes hands with UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon during a meeting at the Vatican April 28. Ban spoke at a Vatican summit on 
the moral dimensions of climate change and its impact on the poor (CNS photo/L'Osservatore Romano via Reuters)

Bishop Marcelo Sanchez Sorondo Defends The New Encyclical’s Views on Climate Change and The Vatican’s Collaboration With Controversial Secular Figures Inside the Vatican Gardens, on a low hill on the inner side of the Museums, there stands a 16th-century building, the Casina Pio IV. In its spacious rooms can be found the Pontifical Academy of […]

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“The Pope Wants to Set in Motion a Process of Transformation”

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An Interview With Bishop Mario Toso on The Encyclical Laudato Si’ The bishop at the table with us is a recognized expert on the Church’s social doctrine. From 2003 to 2009 he was Rector of the Pontifical Salesian University, and from then through January of 2015 he was Secretary of the Pontifical Council for Justice […]

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“Pope Francis is a Friend of the Jewish Nation”

Pope Francis with Israel’s president, Shimon Perez, greets Zion Evrony, since 2012 Israel’s ambassador to the Holy See

An interview with Zion Evrony, Israeli ambassador to the Holy See for the past three years Zion Evrony was born in Iran in 1949 and immigrated to Israel a year later. He has held, among other positions, the role of Israeli Consul in New York (1987- 1991), Consul General in Houston (1995- 2002), and Ambassador […]

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“The Pope Needs the Structure of the Vatican’s Diplomatic Machine”

Pope Francis greets diplomats during an audience with the Vatican diplomatic corps in the Apostolic Palace’s Sala Regia, 
March 22, 2013 (CNS photo/
Tony Gentile, Reuters).

Interview with Marco Impagliaccio, President of the Rome-based Community of Sant’Egidio, known for its work for peace and the poor. By Giuseppe Rusconi In the heart of Rome’s Trastevere neighborhood, near the historic, artistic basilica of Saint Mary’s, the Community of Sant’Egidio has its headquarters. Founded by Andrea Riccardi in 1968, it has distinguished itself […]

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Francis Calls Armenian Slaughter “First Genocide of the 20th Century”

German historian Michael Hesemann (Photo) on the Vatican’s position on the Armenian genocide

By Giuseppe Rusconi On April 24, 1915, in Constantinople, with the incarceration and subsequent deportation of hundreds of Armenian community leaders, there began what Pope Francis defined, on Sunday, April 12, 2015, as “the 20th century’s first genocide, the widespread and insane extermination” of Armenian inhabitants of the Ottoman Empire. On this topic, a scholarly […]

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Cardinal Vinko Puljic: “Sarajevo has become solely a Muslim city”

An ecumenical meeting in Sarajevo promoted by the Community of Sant’Egidio in 2012. Below, Pope John Paul II with religious leaders in Banja Luka at the end of his 10-hour visit to Bosnia-Herzegovina on June 22, 2003.

Taking advantage of the ad limina visit of the Bosnian bishops back in February 2006, we asked their president, Cardinal Vinko Puljic, to evaluate for us the situation of Catholics in Bosnia-Herzegovina 10 years after the Dayton Accords. Those peace agreements, stipulated on an American military base and ratified in Paris, put an end to […]

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Is Francis a “Leftist”? No… But He Is a Critic of Injustice

Pope Francis greets Vatican journalist Andrea Tornielli aboard on the Papal Flight to Brazil on July 22, 2013.

Vatican correspondent Andrea Tornielli talks about his new book on Pope Francis and world economics. Andrea Tornielli is one of the world’s most prominent Vatican correspondents and author of more than 50 books. Born in Chioggia, Italy, near Venice, in 1964, he first worked for Communion and Liberation’s magazine Il Sabato, then for 30 Giorni […]

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Father Bernard Ardura on the Complexities of Freedom

Father Bernard Ardura.

Interview with Father Bernard Ardura on the events in France and the question of freedom and its limits… Born in Bordeaux, France, 66 years ago, Father Bernard Ardura has been head of the Pontifical Committee for Historical Sciences since late 2009. As Committee Head, he has recently been concerned with such areas as the 100th […]

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“My first reaction — to accept the will of the Holy Father”

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on September 15, the eve of the opening of the 69th session of the UN General Assembly, at a prayer service at the Church of the Holy Family in New York. Looking on is Father Gerald Murray, pastor of Holy Family Church; Archbishop Bernard Auza, the new papal nuncio to the United Nations; and Auxiliary Bishop Gerald Walsh of New York, archdiocesan vicar general.

Interview with the Apostolic Nuncio Bernard Auza, new Permanent Observer of the Holy See to the United Nations in New York. Born in the Philippines, in Talibon, fifty-five-year-old Archbishop Bernard Auza was sent in 1985 to Rome, where he attended the Pontifical Ecclesiastical Academy (the Vatican’s diplomatic school). He has degrees in theology and canon […]

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Cardinal Coccopalmerio: “I was expecting more”

Cardinal Coccopalmerio.

Interview with Cardinal Francesco Coccopalmerio, President of the Pontifical Council for Legislative Texts, on his appraisal of the Synod. It’s Monday afternoon, October 21st. The first of the two Synods on the family finished yesterday, and a few hours ago the Consistory requested by the Pope on Middle Eastern Christians also came to a close. […]

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Patriarch Béchara Raï on the Synod, the Middle East and Lebanon

Cardinal Bechara Raï.

This defender of Lebanon was present at the Synod, where he played a major role, but also at a special meeting after the Synod ended to discuss the situation in the Middle East. To the list of discussion points for the ordinary Consistory of Monday, October 20th, Pope Francis expressly added an ample reflection on […]

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Interview: Cardinal Lorenzo Baldisseri, on the Upcoming Synod on the Family

Cardinal Lorenzo Baldisseri.

The family and its position in changing times such as ours will be at the center of the upcoming Extraordinary Synod of Bishops, to be held in the Vatican from October 5 through 19, at the specific and strongly-felt request of Pope Francis. Approximately 180 people will attend, mostly representatives of Bishops’ Conferences from around […]

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Marcello Pera, on his friendship with Joseph Ratzinger

The Chancellor of Germany since 2005, Angela Merkel, and Italy’s new Prime Minister Matteo Renzi.

Who is Marcello Pera? A seventy-one-year-old Italian philosopher and politician, known for his friendship with Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, which began during Pera’s years as president of the Italian Senate (2001-2006). They continue to be good friends, and will in fact be meeting this month at the Mater Ecclesiae Mon­astery within the Vatican walls: theirs is […]

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Interview with Professor Guzman Carriquiry on Francis

“Pray for me” were the first words Pope Francis spoke in public on the evening he was elected, March 13, 2013. This was his first significant action as Pope — to ask for prayers.

Professor Guzman Carriquiry Lecour has served the Holy See for 43 years. He recently celebrated his 70th birthday (April 20, congratulations!). He is currently secretary of the Holy See’s Pontifical Commission for Latin America — the first layperson to serve in that role (since May 2011), just as he was the first ever layperson to […]

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