Profiles, interviews and analysis of Vatican insiders, and the people who the Vatican is talking about.

Msgr. Georg Ratzinger, Older Brother of Benedict XVI

The late Msgr. Georg Ratzinger, older brother of Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI; the former died on July 1 Benedict XVI’s older brother, Msgr. Georg Ratzinger, 96, died on July 1 in Bavaria, just a little more than one week after the Pope Emeritus came from Rome to visit him. The Pope Emeritus was able [...]


By Becky Derks with G. Galazka, CNA and CNS photos Pope clears way for beatification of Knights of Columbus founder Pope Francis has approved a miracle attributed to the intercession of Father Michael McGivney, founder of the Knights of Columbus, clearing the way for his beatification. While the Vatican announced May 27 that Pope Francis had [...]


By Becky Derks with G. Galazka, CNA and CNS photos Pope approves foundation promoting example, works of Pope John Paul I Pope Francis approved the establishment of the John Paul I Vatican Foundation to preserve and promote the writings, thinking, example and study of “The Smiling Pope.” The Pope also appointed as the foundation president Cardinal [...]


By Becky Derks with G. Galazka, CNA and CNS photos Dominican Priest, Microbiologist Sees Hope for Possible Coronavirus Treatment In a recent blog post, Fr. Nicanor Austriaco, O.P., S.T.D, Ph.D., said he sees reason to hope that the drug hydroxychloroquine could be used to treat the coronavirus, or COVID-19. Austriaco is a professor of biology and [...]

“Hitler’s Pope” or “Righteous Among Gentiles”?

An Interview With Historian Michael Hesemann on the March 2 Opening of the Archives of Pius XII By Jan Bentz   Pope Pius XII, who led the Catholic Church from 1939 to 1958, is pictured in his undated photo. (CNS photo/Vatican Media) Will the documents shed new light on the pontificate of Pius XII? [...]

“The Pope is a Man; He Suffers Like the Rest of Us”

An Interview With Lucio Brunelli, the Author of Pope Francis: How I Met Him By Domenico Coviello ( "He moved around the city by public transport, did not give interviews. I was fascinated by this figure."   Lucio Brunelli, then the director of Italy's TV 2000, the television station of the Italian bishops' [...]

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