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


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' [...]


By Becky Derks With G. Galazka, CNA and CNS Photos Pope Accepts Resignation of Cardinal Barbarin as Archbishop of Lyon Cardinal Philippe Barbarin The Vatican announced that Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of Cardinal Philippe Barbarin as archbishop of Lyon after his recent acquittal at the conclusion of his appeal of a 2019 [...]


By Becky Derks with G. Galazka, CNA and CNS photos Archbishop Paglia: Priests can be present at assisted suicide Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia, president of the Pontifical Academy for Life, said that he would be willing to hold the hand of someone dying from assisted suicide, and that he does not see that as lending implicit support [...]

Fr. Tom Uzhunnalil gets Mother Teresa award

Fr Tom Uzhunnalil SDB who was released after 18 months of captivity in Yemen received the Mother Teresa Award for Social Justice by Harmony Foundation Mumbai on Sunday. Fr Tom despite having had the opportunity to leave the country chose to serve the elders of the Missionaries of Charity in Yemen. Harmony Foundation  recognized  his compassionate humanity and dedication and commitment to his work in a [...]

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