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The Pope’s handpicked Jesuits at the Vatican

By ITV Staff 1. Cardinal Michael F. Czerny, S.J., 76, is a Czechoslovakian-born Canadian who has been prefect of the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development since April 23, 2022, previously undersecretary of the dicastery since 2017. Pope Francis made him a cardinal in 2019. Czerny has worked to promote social justice in Canada, Latin America, [...]

Francis’ Team in Command of the Church: All Jesuits

The Jesuit Pope has handpicked an unprecedented number of his confrères for influential positions. In what direction are they leading the Church? By Sandro Magister (Settimo Cielo) On January 11, 2016, at the Vatican, Pope Francis led a group of cardinals into the Sala Regia to receive the representatives of the Diplomatic Corps accredited to [...]

“Our Pastoral Action Speaks to a Man who No Longer Exists”

October 24 interview in L'Osservatore Romano with Cardinal Jean-Claude Hollerich, Archbishop of Luxembourg and Relator General of the upcoming Synod on Synodality By Andrea Monda and Roberto Cetera Following are excerpts of an October 24, 2022 interview in L’Osservatore Romano with Cardinal Jean-Claude Hollerich, Archbishop of Luxembourg and president of the Commission of the Bishops’ Conferences [...]

“The Pope is the only leader close to those who suffer in Ukraine”

February 27, 2022, St. Peter’s Square. Angelus prayer presided over by Pope Francis from the window of his study in the Apostolic Palace. A group of Ukrainians who live in Italy with their families came to St. Peter’s Square to show their solidarity with their motherland Ukraine, as the war began on February 24, 2022. [...]

An Interview with Archbishop Paul Gallagher

"It is incumbent on the international community to keep the hope of negotiation alive" By Gerald O'Connor (America) In the center of the photo, Archbishop Paul Gallagher, accompanied by Monsignor Kulbokas, on the left, visits the scenes of the conflict in the area near Kiev Archbishop Paul Gallagher, the Vatican’s Secretary for Relations with [...]

Family as a Key to Reading His Pontificate and His Life

In the classroom, the Curia and the Papacy, Benedict treated all as members of a family By Andrea Gagliarducci Joseph Ratzinger, top right, is pictured with his family in a 1951 photograph. Next to the future Pope Benedict XVI is his brother, Georg. Seated are his sister, Maria, and his parents, Maria and Joseph. (CNS [...]

Benedict’s Diagnosis of the Church in Ireland

The Church lost Ireland. Can she reclaim the false narrative of the past? By Dualta Roughneen* Pope Benedict XVI meets with Irish bishops at the Vatican, Feb. 15, 2010. The two-day, closed-door meeting was to assess responsibility in the Irish Church's handling of priestly sex abuse cases and explore ways to heal wounds left by [...]

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