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A Vatican Observer

Pope Francis arrives for his general audience in the Paul VI Audience Hall at the Vatican Oct. 14, 2020 -

A Vatican Observer

By Andrea Gagliarducci

Is Pope Francis moving toward a conclave?

There are two ways to interpret the exclusion of the Vatican’s Secretary of State, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, from the Cardinals... Read more

The "Torrione Niccolo V" in the Vatican, the headquarters of the Institute for Religious Works -

A Vatican Observer

By Andrea Gagliarducci

IOR: Secretariat of State out of the Cardinals commission

For the first time since its establishment, the Cardinals Commission of the Institute for Religious Works (the so-called Vatican bank)... Read more

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo meets with Cardinal Parolin and Archbishop Gallagher. With him, Callista Gingrich, US ambassador to the Holy See /

A Vatican Observer

By Andrea Gagliarducci

Pompeo's visit to the Vatican, how to decrypt it

It was no surprise that US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo did not meet with Pope Francis during his visit... Read more

Gentlemen of His Holiness welcome Queen Elizabeth at the Vatican, Oct. 17,, 2000 -

A Vatican Observer

By Andrea Gagliarducci

A sneak peek at some of Pope Francis' lesser known decisions

The devil, the saying goes, hides in detail. To understand the things in the Vatican,  details are essential. Without the... Read more

Press conference on Pope Francis' post-synodal apostolic exhortation

A Vatican Observer

By Andrea Gagliarducci

Pope Francis: a new encyclical to outline his post-COVID 19 vision?

Pope Francis will issue a new encyclical on the human fraternity. The document will outline Pope Francis' vision for the... Read more

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A Vatican Observer

By Andrea Gagliarducci

Vatican, is there a problem in the International Catholic Migration Commission?

Anne Therese Gallagher was elected President of the International Catholic Migration Commission in March 2018. In that role she is mandated to... Read more

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A Vatican Observer

By Andrea Gagliarducci

Pope’s reshuffle of the Economy Council: what does it mean?

The new Council for the Economy, tailored by Pope Francis, keeps the same coordinator, brings back two cardinals who seemed... Read more

Pope Francis and Ahmed el-Tayeb, grand imam of al-Azhar, signed a joint declaration on human fraternity during an interreligious meeting in Abu Dhabi, UAE, Feb. 4, 2019

A Vatican Observer

By Andrea Gagliarducci

Pope Francis replaces one of his shadows

Today, Monsignor Yoannis Lahzi Gaid leaves Domus Sanctae Marthae forever. The Pope’s second secretary greeted the personnel of the Domus on Jul. 30, thus... Read more

The banner at the entrance of the APSA office in the Vatican .-

A Vatican Observer

By Andrea Gagliarducci

Vatican Finances: what is the transfer of institutional cash to the Vatican “central bank” all about?

A recent provision by the Secretariat for the Economy made clear that the Administration for the Patrimony of the Apostolic... Read more

A session of the Parliamentary assembly of the Council of Europe /

A Vatican Observer

By Andrea Gagliarducci

Europe and the challenge of religious freedom

The European Union’s Special Envoy for promoting the Freedom of Religions and Belief outside of Europe will soon be appointed.... Read more

The AIF banner in the Vatican /

A Vatican Observer

By Andrea Gagliarducci

AIF 2019 report, is the reform a good idea?

So, the Vatican’s financial watchdog is getting a name change and new statutes. The Vatican’s Financial Intelligence Authority will soon... Read more

Bishop Daniele Libanori, auxiliary of Rome -

A Vatican Observer

By Andrea Gagliarducci

Pope Francis, a Jesuit at the helm of the Congregation for the Clergy?

Bishop Daniele Libanori, Jesuit and auxiliary for the diocese of Rome, might be appointed next Friday as the successor of... Read more

St. Peter's Basilica.

A Vatican Observer

By Andrea Gagliarducci

A layperson as secretary of the Vatican “central bank”?

Fabio Gasperini, a well-known manager who is working for Ernst & Young, might soon be appointed the secretary of the... Read more

European Parliament in Strasbourg /

A Vatican Observer

By Andrea Gagliarducci

Two cases show that religious freedom is dwindling in Europe

Conscientious objection and freedom of expression are under threat in Europe, as shown by two legal cases that made news... Read more

The Governatorato (Vatican City State Administration) building in the Vatican -

A Vatican Observer

By Andrea Gagliarducci

Vatican Finances, what is going on? The Vatican City State Administration

Plans for a “Vatican Asset Management” outfit were laid out almost as soon as Pope Francis created the new Secretariat... Read more

Vatican City flag waiving over St. Peter's dome - Bohumil Petrik / CNA

A Vatican Observer

By Andrea Gagliarducci

Vatican Finances, what is going on? Sloane Avenue and more

The Holy See is reportedly seeking to renegotiate the £120 million loan it used to complete the purchase of property... Read more

The Torrione Niccolo V, the IOR's headquarters

A Vatican Observer

By Andrea Gagliarducci

Vatican finances, what is going on? The Malta case

Attorneys for a Maltese business venture involved in a legal dispute say the so-called Vatican bank’s new management care more... Read more

Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle of Manila, Philippines at a press briefing at the Holy See Press Office during the Synod of Bishops on October 9, 2015. -

A Vatican Observer

By Andrea Gagliarducci

Is Pope Francis setting up the next Conclave?

At the end of the last week, Pope Francis elevated cardinals Luis Antonio Tagle and Beniamino Stella to the Order... Read more

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A Vatican Observer

By Andrea Gagliarducci

Coronavirus, how much money did the Vatican lose?

As governments around the world work to assess and contain the effect of the coronavirus emergency on the economy and... Read more

The original image of the Divine Mercy in Vilnius /

A Vatican Observer

By Andrea Gagliarducci

The image of the Divine Mercy was exposed for the first time 85 years ago. In Vilnius

Vilnius, the capital of Lithuania, is situated at the geographic center of Europe. The Gate of Dawn is one of... Read more