Andrea Gagliarducci

Andrea Gagliarducci

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

Articles by Andrea Gagliarducci

Apostolic nuncio accused of money laundering to enter plea bargain

Feb 9, 2021 / 17:01 pm

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?

Feb 2, 2021 / 15:19 pm

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

Jan 28, 2021 / 16:41 pm

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?

Jan 25, 2021 / 19:56 pm

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

Jan 14, 2021 / 17:45 pm

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

Jan 12, 2021 / 11:57 am

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

Jan 8, 2021 / 16:40 pm

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.

Book gives more insight into the actions of Pius XII and his 'bureau' during WWII

Jan 7, 2021 / 16:00 pm

A new book provides further information from the archives of Venerable Pius XII, including the Vatican’s attempts to oppose the actions of Nazi Germany through diplomacy during World War II.

After Secretariat of State shakeup, what’s next for Curia reform?

Jan 7, 2021 / 15:33 pm

The draft of the delayed document that will reform of the Roman Curia gives the Vatican’s Secretariat of State a more prominent place in the workings of the Church's central governing bureaucracy. But during the year 2020, Pope Francis moved in the opposite direction.

Archbishop Kondrusiewicz: Reconciliation is crucial in Belarus

Oct 21, 2020 / 08:00 am

The Church in Belarus has no other task than proclaiming the Gospel. It did so also during the protests that broke out in Belarus following the presidential elections in August, Archbishop Tadeusz Kondrusiewicz said Tuesday in an exclusive interview with Catholic News Agency.

Christians face the pandemic in Palestine

Jul 15, 2020 / 12:25 pm

Facing the global coronavirus pandemic, Palestine has “the special and unique challenges of being under colonialism and a touristic country,” a Palestinian Catholic from the Bethlehem area told CNA.

The policeman who might be a saint

Jun 9, 2020 / 13:05 pm

With police brutality in focus around the world, one priest says it is important to remember a policeman who might one day be declared a saint: Vice-Sergeant Salvo D'Acquisto, an Italian policeman who gave his life for those he had sworn to protect.

Belgian Brothers of Charity fight for their name after CDF decision

May 8, 2020 / 13:00 pm

After the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith ruled that the hospitals of the Brothers of Charity in Belgium can no longer be considered as Catholic, the religious order is seeking to prevent the hospital network from using its name.

Pandemic shows that our health comes before the economy, says archbishop

Apr 30, 2020 / 09:30 am

The coronavirus pandemic is telling us that “our health counts more than the economy’s health and that true human fraternity is more valuable and noble than diplomatic success,” a Taiwanese archbishop has said.

Coronavirus in the Holy Land: How Catholics in the Jerusalem patriarchate are coping

Mar 20, 2020 / 10:30 am

As Easter is approaching, the Holy Land is enduring tough times: the sacred sites are shut down because of the coronavirus pandemic, and pilgrimages have come to an end.

Dutch cardinal: Priests should 'speak clearly' on assisted suicide

Dec 16, 2019 / 17:06 pm

A priest must say clearly to a person opting for assisted suicide or voluntary euthanasia that he is committing a grave sin, a Dutch cardinal told CNA this week.

EU official: Release of Asia Bibi shows promise for religious freedom

Sep 11, 2019 / 23:02 pm

A European Union official who played a role in working for the release of Pakistani death row inmate Asia Bibi said the outcome shows the potential of international cooperation to promote religious freedom.

The European Union and religious liberty: progress or indifference?

Jun 27, 2019 / 15:01 pm

Despite European Union guidelines and the work of a special envoy for religious freedom and belief, the state of religious freedom inside and outside of Europe at times seems to be worsening, not improving.

Vatican-China deal must be implemented, Parolin says

Mar 1, 2019 / 23:49 pm

Speaking at a conference on Vatican diplomacy, the Holy See’s Secretary of State stressed that it is now important “to make the China deal for the appointment of bishops work in practice.”

Review: Not much substance 'In the Closet of the Vatican'

Feb 21, 2019 / 04:00 am

“In the closet of the Vatican,” a newly released book by the French author and LGBT activist Frederic Martel is generating global media attention and discussion among Vatican figures in Rome.