Curial reform

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The Institute for the Works of Religion, commonly known as the Vatican bank.

A new(ish) statute for the Vatican bank: Here’s what it means

Mar 7, 2023

By Andrea Gagliarducci

Pope Francis on Tuesday issued a new statute for the so-called Vatican bank, but it closely resembles the regulation approved... Read more

Pope Francis presides over the funeral Mass for Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI in St. Peter's Square on Jan. 5, 2023.

Analysis: Pope Francis centralizes authority with reform of Diocese of Rome

Jan 15, 2023

By Andrea Gagliarducci

It was widely anticipated that a major reform of the Diocese of Rome was coming, but no one expected it... Read more

Pope Francis in St. Peter’s Basilica on the Solemnity of Pentecost, June 5, 2022.

We have a new Vatican constitution, but where are the new curial appointments?

Jun 16, 2022

By Andrea Gagliarducci

The new Vatican constitution Praedicate evangelium went into force on June 5. Read more

Pope Francis greets pilgrims in St. Peter’s Square on June 4, 2014.

Pope Francis has begun a wave of new appointments at the Vatican

Apr 26, 2022

By Andrea Gagliarducci

The new Vatican constitution will come into force in June. Read more

The dome of St. Peter's Basilica.

Pope Francis names secretaries of doctrinal and disciplinary sections of CDF

Apr 23, 2022

By Courtney Mares

Under Pope Francis’ reform of the Roman Curia, the internal structure of the CDF has been reorganized into two sections. Read more

Cardinal Pietro Parolin, pictured on July 2, 2015.

Cardinal Parolin says that curial reform might not be over

Apr 8, 2022

By Andrea Gagliarducci

In Part 2 of an exclusive interview, the Vatican Secretary of State discusses the future of his powerful dicastery in... Read more

St. Peter’s Basilica.

Are there any big changes in the authoritative version of the new Vatican constitution?

Apr 4, 2022

By Andrea Gagliarducci

The Vatican published the editio typica of its constitution on March 31. Read more

A Vatican press conference presenting the new constitution Praedicate evangelium.

TLM typo: Vatican says ‘extraordinary form’ mention in new constitution was a mistake

Mar 21, 2022

By Courtney Mares

The new Vatican constitution was unexpectedly released on March 19. Read more

Pope Francis with members of the Roman Curia, Dec. 23, 2021.

Praedicate evangelium: Things you might have missed in the new Vatican constitution

Mar 21, 2022

By Andrea Gagliarducci

The new constitution marks a significant change in the philosophy underlying the Roman Curia. Read more

Pope Francis in St. Peter’s Square on Oct. 22, 2016. Credit: Mazur/

How Praedicate evangelium changes the Vatican’s dicasteries: A CNA Explainer

Mar 19, 2022

By Courtney Mares

Pope Francis has promulgated a new apostolic constitution, Praedicate evangelium, which reforms the structure of the Roman Curia. Here are... Read more

The Palace of the Holy Office, which houses the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.

What’s behind Pope Francis’ changes to the Vatican’s doctrinal office?

Feb 15, 2022

By Andrea Gagliarducci

The pope is restructuring the Vatican department once known as ‘La Suprema,’ or supreme curial office. Read more


Why 2022 could be a year of major changes in the Roman Curia

Jan 5, 2022

By CNA Staff

There is currently no Vatican department head from Africa or Oceania. Read more


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