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Pope Francis at the General Audience in St. Peter's Square, Jan. 31, 2018.

Pope Francis returns to Rome after week of spiritual exercises

Feb 23, 2018

By Elise Harris

On Friday Pope Francis returned from his week-long Lenten spiritual exercises in Ariccia, where he and members of the Roman... Read more

Pope Francis greets bishops.

Commentary: The Vatican gap between theory and practice

Feb 16, 2018

By Ed Condon

Yesterday Pope Francis issued a new letter motu proprio entitled Imparare a congedarsi, or “Learning to take your leave.”  Read more

Pope Francis greets bishops.

Francis modifies norms for the resignation of bishops

Feb 15, 2018

By Hannah Brockhaus

On Thursday Pope Francis tweaked the Church’s policies on bishops and Curial officials reaching the age of retirement, indicating that... Read more

St. Peter's Basilica.

Curial reform as a matter of pastoral concern

Feb 15, 2018

By Andrea Gagliarducci

Reform of the Vatican Curia aims to emphasize pastoral care, and should not be seen as a reform that will... Read more

Pope Francis addresses the Roman Curia during his annual Christmas greeting Dec. 21, 2017.

Pope to Roman Curia: Be faithful to the Petrine office

Dec 21, 2017

By Hannah Brockhaus

In a speech before the start of the Christmas break Thursday, Pope Francis exhorted Curia members to carry out their... 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

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

In latest meetings, cardinal advisors continue forward with reform

Jun 14, 2017

By Hannah Brockhaus

Pope Francis and the Council of Cardinals held their 20th round of meetings in Rome this week, continuing their work... Read more

St. Peter's Basilica.

Protection of minors event draws swath of top Vatican leaders

Mar 24, 2017

By Elise Harris

In a significant show of unity, officials from every Vatican department – including at least half a dozen cardinals who... 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

Pope Francis waves to pilgrims during his May 25, 2016 general audience in St. Peter's Square.

Pope Francis creates new Vatican office for integral human development

Aug 31, 2016

By Elise Harris

On Wednesday the Vatican announced Pope Francis’ decision to form a new mega-dicastery merging the Vatican offices for Justice and... Read more

Archbishop Giovanni Angelo Becciu, the Vatican's deputy Secretary of State, whose April 12 letter suspended the PwC audit of Vatican finances.

Suspended audit reveals power struggle at the Vatican

Apr 25, 2016

By Andrea Gagliarducci

The recent suspension of an audit of Vatican finances by a major accounting firm shed light on a lively debate... Read more

Pope Francis leaves the building where he visited four Vatican departments May 22, 2015.

Pope's visit to Vatican departments a 'beautiful experience,' official says

May 22, 2015

By Elise Harris

On Friday Pope Francis began making stops at different departments of the Roman Curia – the first in series of... Read more

St. Peter's Basilica in Vatican City, Jan. 25, 2015.

Curia reform may include an office for negotiations in the Secretariat of State

Mar 11, 2015

By Andrea Gagliarducci

The Vatican Secretary of State suggested Wednesday that an ‘office for pontifical mediation’ may established within the ranks of the... Read more

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Will there be an ecology department at the Roman Curia after reform?

Feb 28, 2015

By Andrea Gagliarducci

An upcoming presentation of a Vatican-sponsored Pan-Amazonia Network may shed light on how a possible curial office for human ecology... Read more

Cardinals participate in a consistory held in St. Peter's Basilica, Nov. 4, 2014.

'A reform to promote harmony' – Pope Francis opens a much-debated consistory

Feb 12, 2015

By Andrea Gagliarducci

A reform to promote a greater harmony in the work of the Roman Curia, in Pope Francis’ words, was the... Read more

St. Peter's Basilica in Vatican City.

Cardinal advisors discuss Curia reform, protection of minors

Dec 12, 2014

By Andrea Gagliarducci

Efforts to reform the Roman Curia have moved forward with the latest round of Vatican meetings and will continue next... Read more

Pope Francis arrives by bus in Ariccia, Italy for a week of Lenten spiritual exercises on March 9, 2014.

Pope Francis on Lenten retreat with members of Curia

Mar 10, 2014

By Elise Harris

On Sunday afternoon Pope Francis left Rome with members of the Curia to spend their annual Lenten retreat in the... Read more

St. Peter's Basilica.

Curia reform may increase Congregations, reduce Pontifical Councils

Oct 30, 2013

By Andrea Gagliarducci

Pope Francis' reform of the Roman Curia is expected to produce a new document regulating the body, and to reduce... Read more

Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi.

Pope Francis draws non-believers to notice Gospel, cardinal says

Oct 23, 2013

The president of the Pontifical Council for Culture, Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi, said that in the first six months of his... Read more

Cardinals greet each other after the consistory on Nov. 24, 2012 in St. Peter's Basilica.

Curia vision will be one of 'service' to Pope, local Churches

Oct 10, 2013

By Elise Harris

After the conclusion of their meetings, two cardinals from Pope Francis' group of eight reveal that curia reform will largely... Read more