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Pope Francis urges Roman Curia to confront the 'ecclesial crisis'

Dec 21, 2020

By Courtney Mares

Pope Francis urged the Roman Curia Monday not to view the Church in terms of conflict, but to see the... Read more

Pope Francis gives his annual Christmas greeting to the Roman Curia Dec. 21, 2019.

Church reform takes personal conversion, Pope Francis tells Roman Curia

Dec 21, 2019

By Hannah Brockhaus

To carry out the continuing reform of the Church requires a willingness to change and a commitment to personal conversion,... Read more

St. Peter's square, Vatican City. Via Shutterstock

Analysis: New Vatican constitution to centralize power in state secretariat

Jul 2, 2019

By Ed Condon

A recent draft of a new Vatican consitution proposes a consolidation of power in Rome unprecedented in the modern era.  Read more

Pope Francis greets the pilgrims during his weekly general audience in St Peter's square on September 10, 2014.

Pope Francis responds to heresy accusation, China concerns

May 29, 2019

By Courtney Mares

Pope Francis said he reacted “with a sense of humor” to the accusation of heresy made against him earlier this... Read more

Analysis: Power, and its appearance, in Vatican curial reform

May 8, 2019

By Ed Condon

In the coming months, Pope Francis is expected to approve a final draft of a new governing constitution for the... Read more

Analysis: Curial reform aims for unity in service, not a team of rivals

Apr 26, 2019

By Ed Condon

Pope Francis is widely expected to approve a new structure for the Roman curia in the near future. While the... Read more

Next task for pope's cardinal advisors: Women's leadership in the Vatican

Apr 10, 2019

By Hannah Brockhaus

As Pope Francis’ council of cardinals wraps up the drafting of a new apostolic constitution, they have decided to take... Read more

Inside the Synod Hall during the meeting of bishops and cardinals on October 14, 2015.

Never again, again: Bishops promise action, but will it make a difference?

Sep 19, 2018

By Ed Condon

Something must be done - this is the consensus of cardinals, bishops, priests, and laity as the Church continues to... Read more

Pope Francis.

After new appointments, will Pope Francis' stalled curial reform start moving?

Jul 11, 2018

By Elise Harris

A long-time priority of Pope Francis, curial reform – specifically the overhaul of Vatican finances and communications – has been... Read more

Paolo Ruffini, prefect of the Vatican dicastery for communications.

Pope taps Italian layman Paolo Ruffini as chief communications officer

Jul 5, 2018

By Elise Harris

After the Vatican's former communications head stepped down in the fallout of a major fake-news scandal, Pope Francis has tapped... Read more

A view of the facade of St. Peter's Basilica from the Vatican's Apostolic Palace.

Papal advisors finish first draft of new constitution on the Roman Curia

Jun 13, 2018

By Elise Harris

In their latest round of meetings, Pope Francis’ Council of Cardinals has finished and approved the first draft of what... Read more

Archbishop Pawlowski.

Curia reform: Pope Francis reorganizes Vatican Secretariat of State

Nov 20, 2017

By Andrea Gagliarducci

Pope Francis has established a third section, or department, of the Secretariat of State of the Holy See, which reportedly... Read more

Cardinal Gerhard Müller, prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, at the Vatican during the Synod on the Family, Oct. 13, 2014.

Cardinal Müller: There's no problem between me, Pope Francis

Jul 2, 2017

By Elise Harris

In a brief interview given just hours after hearing that he would no longer be heading the Vatican's doctrine office,... Read more

Pope Francis meets with the Council of Cardinals, Feb. 13, 2017.

Smaller changes expected from Council of Cardinals' latest meeting

Apr 26, 2017

By Hannah Brockhaus

Pope Francis and his Council of Cardinals met this week to continue discussion on reforming the Roman Curia, focusing on... Read more

A view of the facade of St. Peter's Basilica from the Vaticans Apostolic Palace.

In latest round of meetings, papal advisors cover court, bishop selection

Feb 15, 2017

By Elise Harris

Pope Francis and his Council of Cardinals met for the 18th time this week to continue discussion on reforming the... Read more

General Audience with Pope Francis, April 17, 2013.

Pope Francis lays out 12 guiding principles for reform of the Roman Curia

Dec 22, 2016

By Elise Harris

In a lengthy, in-depth speech to members of the Roman Curia Thursday, Pope Francis dug into what he said are... Read more

A view of St. Peter's Basilica from the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross.

For the Council of Cardinals, curia reform is an experiment in flexibility

Sep 26, 2016

By Andrea Gagliarducci

How does Pope Francis carry forward the reform of the Roman Curia? Gradually, step by step, by trial and error,... Read more

The Vatican flag.

Existing norms remain for Roman Curia, Pope says

Oct 27, 2015

By Elise Harris

Pope Francis has clarified that while the Roman Curia is in the process of being reconstructed, it doesn’t mean there... Read more

Pope Francis walking out of the Paul VI Hall during the Synod on the Family, Oct. 9, 2015.

Updated: Pope Francis creates Vatican office combining laity, family, life issues

Oct 22, 2015

Pope Francis announced Thursday to the Synod on the Family that he has chosen to establish a new office in... Read more

St. Peter's Basilica.

Francis' Council of Cardinals proposes a new congregation for the Roman Curia

Sep 16, 2015

By Andrea Gagliarducci

The Council of Cardinals finally submitted to Pope Francis on Wednesday a proposal to establish a new congregation for laity,... Read more