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Pope Francis during the Wednesday general audience inside the San Damaso Courtyard of the Vatican's Apostolic Palace, Sept. 30, 2020.

Analysis: Pope Francis’ ‘long game’ of Vatican financial reform comes full circle

Nov 5, 2020

By Ed Condon

Pope Francis has removed control of financial affairs and investments from the Secretariat of State - a dramatic turn in the... Read more

Cardinal Pietro Parolin celebrates Mass in St. Peter's Basilica on April 27, 2017.

Pope Francis transfers financial administration out of Secretariat of State

Nov 5, 2020

By Hannah Brockhaus

Pope Francis has requested that all responsibility for financial funds and real estate assets, including a controversial London property, be... Read more

Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin, pictured Jan. 1, 2012.

Cardinal Parolin to EU bishops: Protect life from conception to natural death

Nov 3, 2020

By Courtney Mares

Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin has encouraged bishops in Europe to evaluate legislative proposals in light of the... Read more

Cathedral of the Sacred Heart the main Catholic church of Dali, Yunnan, China.

China continued religious crackdown during renewal of Vatican deal

Oct 26, 2020

The Chinese government continued to enforce sweeping restrictions on religious freedom in the weeks prior to the renewal of an agreement with... Read more

Archbishop Tadeusz Kondrusiewicz.

Archbishop Kondrusiewicz: Reconciliation is crucial in Belarus

Oct 21, 2020

By Andrea Gagliarducci

The Church in Belarus has no other task than proclaiming the Gospel. It did so also during the protests that... Read more

Archbishop Tadeusz Kondrusiewicz of Minsk-Mohilev, pictured in 2014.

Exiled Catholic archbishop meets with senior Vatican officials

Oct 20, 2020

Exiled Belarusian Archbishop Tadeusz Kondrusiewicz met with senior Vatican officials Monday.  Read more

Pope Francis speaks with Vatican Secretary of State, Cardinal Pietro Parolin during his visit to Lima's Cathedral on January 21, 2018.

Analysis: Vatican finances and Cardinal Parolin’s crisis of credibility

Oct 12, 2020

By Ed Condon

On Saturday, the ongoing saga of Vatican financial scandal – or reform, if you prefer – continued with the announcement that... Read more

Cardinal Joseph Zen Ze-kiun, Bishop Emeritus of Hong Kong, speaks at the Pontifical Urban University in Rome, Nov. 18, 2014.

Zen challenges Parolin over China deal claims

Oct 7, 2020

Cardinal Joseph Zen has rejected claims that the 2018 Vatican-China deal was approved in draft form by Pope Benedict XVI,... Read more

Cardinal Pietro Parolin.

Cardinal Parolin defends China deal as Vatican prepares to renew agreement

Oct 3, 2020

Cardinal Pietro Parolin defended the Vatican’s controversial deal with China Saturday, saying that all recent popes sought such an agreement... Read more

U.S Secretary of State Mike Pompeo meets Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin at the Vatican, Oct. 1, 2020. Photo

Pompeo and top Vatican diplomats have ‘respectful’ exchange of views on China

Oct 1, 2020

The U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and the Holy See’s top diplomats had a “respectful” exchange of views on... Read more

Cardinal Parolin speaks at a symposium organized by the U.S. Embassy to the Holy See in Rome Sept. 30, 2020. Photo

Vatican diplomats: ‘political correctness’ is hindering religious freedom

Oct 1, 2020

By Courtney Mares

While the U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo urged the Church to speak out about human rights abuses in China... Read more

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks at a symposium in Rome Sept. 30, 2020. Photo

Pompeo: Nowhere is religious freedom more under assault than in China

Sep 30, 2020

By Courtney Mares

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in Rome Wednesday that the Chinese government is the world’s worst persecutor of... Read more

Vatican official hails ‘positive’ results of China deal amid report that Holy See delegation is heading to Beijing

Sep 29, 2020

A Vatican official hailed the “positive” results of the Holy See’s provisional agreement with China Tuesday amid reports that a... Read more

Cardinal Pietro Parolin addresses the United Nations in a video message Sept. 21, 2020. Screengrab: Holy See UN.

Cardinal Parolin urges UN to return to founding ideals

Sep 22, 2020

By Courtney Mares

The Vatican Secretary of State asked the United Nations Monday to return to its founding ideals to protect the common... Read more

Mike Pompeo: Holy See's moral witness needed in China

Sep 18, 2020

Reflecting Friday on the state of the 2018 Vatican-China deal, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo noted that the human... Read more

Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin.

Cardinal Parolin: Vatican-China deal can help ‘normalize life of the Church’

Sep 14, 2020

By Hannah Brockhaus

The Vatican expects to renew its interim deal with China on the appointment of bishops, as part of efforts to... Read more

Cardinal Pietro Parolin at St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome April 27, 2017.

Cardinal calls for Marian devotion to be protected from mafia exploitation

Sep 11, 2020

By Courtney Mares

During a visit to a Marian shrine in southern Italy this week the Vatican Secretary of State issued a warning... Read more

Cardinal Pietro Parolin says Mass at the Shrine of Our Lady of Lebanon in Harissa, Lebanon Sept. 3, 2020.

Cardinal Parolin in Lebanon: The Church, Pope Francis are with you after Beirut explosion

Sep 4, 2020

By Hannah Brockhaus

Cardinal Pietro Parolin told Lebanese Catholics at a Mass in Beirut Thursday that Pope Francis is close to them, and... Read more

Cardinal Pietro Parolin, pictured in St. Peter's Basilica Oct. 3, 2015.

Cardinal Parolin stresses ‘spiritual consonance’ between Pope Francis and Benedict XVI

Sep 1, 2020

By Courtney Mares

Cardinal Pietro Parolin has written an introduction to a book describing the continuity between Pope Francis and his predecessor Pope... Read more

Cardinal Pietro Parolin.

Cardinal Parolin: Church financial scandals ‘must not be covered up’

Aug 27, 2020

By Hannah Brockhaus

In an interview Thursday, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, the Vatican Secretary of State, spoke about uncovering financial scandal, saying that hiding... Read more