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Andrea Gagliarducci

Andrea Gagliarducci

Italian journalist. Catholic News Agency and ACI Stampa's Vatican analyst, contributor at National Catholic Register.

Reform may be coming to the chapter of St. Peter’s Basilica

That members of the chapter of St. Peter’s Basilica were prevented from participating in Pope Francis' rosary for the end of the pandemic has fueled speculations that the pope will reform both the chapter and the organization of St. Peter's Basilica.

Is the Vatican’s new judicial activism good for the Holy See?

The Vatican judicial system is pursuing cases of financial wrongdoing like never before. But there is a downside.

Will the Vatican pass the Moneyval test?

There will be a lot at stake when Moneyval issues its long-awaited verdict on the Vatican’s financial system next week.

Pope Francis may soon appoint Cardinal Sarah's successor

The appointment of Robert Cardinal Sarah’s successor as prefect of the Congregation for the Divine Worship and the Discipline of Sacraments may take place before the feast of the Ascension, multiple sources confirmed to CNA in Rome.

Is Cardinal Becciu being rehabilitated? 

Pope Francis' private visit to Cardinal Angelo Becciu on Holy Thursday set off speculation about whether the pope is attempting to rehabilitate the disgraced cardinal. 

Is Vatican City’s judicial system in peril?

The U.K. court ruling that overturned an account seizure request by Vatican City prosecutors has raised questions about the reliability of the Holy See’s judicial system.

Yes, Pope Francis was involved in the CDF’s document on same-sex blessings

Following a Vatican clarification that the Church cannot bless same-sex unions, some media outlets have speculated about Pope Francis’ involvement – or lack thereof – in releasing the document.

Vatican cardinal: ‘Access to clean water must be a priority’

Cardinal Peter Turkson tells CNA how the Vatican is helping to ensure that everyone in the world has access to safe drinking water

St. Peter's Basilica to end private Masses, restrict Masses in extraordinary form

A new letter from the Vatican Secretariat of State has banned the private celebration of Masses at side altars in St. Peter’s Basilica, effective March 22.

Curial speculation follows papal meetings with bishops

Sources have told CNA that Pope Francis may choose two US-born prelates as prefects of congregations in the Roman Curia.

What changes may be coming to the College of Cardinals in 2021?

When Cardinal Gabriel Zubeir Wako turns 80 on Feb. 27, the cardinals eligible to vote in a conclave will drop to 127, seven more than the limit of 120 set by Paul VI and confirmed by John Paul II.

Who might be Cardinal Sarah's successor?

After Robert Cardinal Sarah's retirement as Prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of Sacraments, the big question around the Vatican is who will take his place.

French Catholic women launch manifesto on feminine vocation in the Church

A group of Catholic women in France has launched a manifesto to underscore the “beauty of the women's specific vocation.”

Apostolic nuncio accused of money laundering to enter plea bargain

Archbishop Ettore Balestrero, the apostolic nuncio to the Democratic Republic of Congo, announced last week that he will enter a plea bargain with an Italian court after he and his brother Guido were accused of money laundering, but will not admit guilt.

Who is Ali al-Sistani, the Muslim leader whom the Pope will meet in Iraq?

During his upcoming trip to Iraq, Pope Francis will meet with the Shia Muslim leader Ali al-Sistani, a man in his 90s who many international analysts consider a decisive player in the region since the end of the Iraq War.

In Facebook post, JPII Institute defends Biden’s abortion record

The John Paul II Pontifical Theological Institute for Marriage and Family Sciences generated a flurry of controversy in the Italian Catholic blogosphere this week, after its Facebook page defended Joe Biden’s support of legal abortion.

Are changes coming to the Vatican Dicastery for Communications?

Increasing rumors from multiple Vatican sources say the Vatican communications department might experience a shakeup shortly, and that Pope Francis might try a new redesign of the dicastery that handles Vatican media.

What changes to the Vatican may the replacement of the Archpriest of St Peter's Basilica bring

Pope Francis might soon choose a new Archpriest of St. Peter's Basilica, to replace Cardinal Angelo Comastri, who turned 77 in September. His replacement, according to Vatican observers, may bring a broader generational change that could involve at least five Vatican dicasteries.

Vatican Secretary of State knew of investment now under investigation

A letter by Cardinal Pietro Parolin leaked to an Italian news outlet shows that the Secretariat of State was aware, and approved at its highest ranks, of the disgraced purchase of a luxury real estate property in London now at the center of a Vatican investigation.

First lay head of disciplinary commission at Roman Curia appointed

For the first time, the Disciplinary Commission of the Roman Curia will be presided by a layperson after Pope Francis appointed professor Vincenzo Buonomo, rector of the Pontifical Lateran University. And it is possible that more laypersons will be appointed for other Vatican positions.