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Fr. Federico Lombardi.

Pastoral care of families a key topic in reform meetings

Oct 2, 2013

By Elise Harris

Halfway through their meetings, the council of cardinals and Pope Francis have addressed many different themes, with the formation and... Read more

Dome of St. Peter's Basilica.

Recent Vatican appointments dominated by diplomats, say observers

Sep 24, 2013

By Andrea Gagliarducci

According to Vatican observers, a Pope Francis “revolution” in the Roman Curia began Sept. 21, when a series of appointments... Read more

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

Major appointments awaited after cardinals' October meeting

Aug 24, 2013

By Andrea Gagliarducci

Despite rumors about the supposedly imminent appointment of a new Secretary of State, Pope Francis will not be making any... Read more

Professor Giuseppe Dalla Torre and Father Federico Lombardi (L to R) present the changes made by Pope Francis July 11, 2013 to the Vatican's criminal code.

Pope's legal changes respond to globalization of crime

Jul 11, 2013

Pope Francis took a step forward in modernizing the Vatican’s legal code today by explicitly listing certain acts as crimes... Read more

St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican.

New Vatican Secretary of State may be appointed soon

Jun 28, 2013

By Andrea Gagliarducci

Rumors have emerged that Archbishop Pietro Parolin, apostolic nuncio to Venezuela, will shortly be appointed as the Vatican's Secretary of... Read more

Pope Francis greets some of the cardinals who concelebrated Pentecost Mass with him on May 19, 2013.

Interim bank appointment means Pope wants cardinals' advice

Jun 17, 2013

By Andrea Gagliarducci

The temporary selection of a prelate for the so-called Vatican Bank shows Pope Francis is waiting for the advice of... Read more


Flood of reform rumors premature, Vatican official states

May 2, 2013

The number two official from the Vatican’s Secretariat of State has dismissed wide-ranging speculation about the reforms Pope Francis will... Read more

Pope Francis greets the pilgrims in St. Peter's Square on March 13, 2013, the night of his election.

Pope considering Secretariat of State overhaul

Apr 8, 2013

By Andrea Gagliarducci

A top official who works at the Secretariat of State says Pope Francis is thinking about streamlining his department by... Read more

Pope appoints top Franciscan to Vatican's religious life department

Apr 6, 2013

Pope Francis made his first appointment within the Roman Curia this morning, choosing his friend, Franciscan Father José Rodríguez Carballo,... Read more

St. Peter's Basilica in Vatican City. CNA file photo.

Pope's election changed headlines but decisions loom

Mar 25, 2013

By Andrea Gagliarducci

“The election of Pope Francis marked a change in the newspapers headlines regarding the Church,” according to Archbishop Lorenzo Baldisseri,... Read more

Pope Francis appears on the balcony of St. Peter's Basilica just after his March 13, 2013 election.

Pope Francis will shake up more than Vatican schedules

Mar 18, 2013

By Andrea Gagliarducci

All the Vatican officials will continue in their positions “until otherwise provided” while Pope Francis takes time for “reflection, prayer... Read more

Monsignor Georg Gänswein stands behind Pope Benedict XVI in St. Peter's Square.

Pope taps secretary to head papal household, after Vatileaks

Dec 7, 2012

Pope Benedict XVI named his private secretary as the new head of the papal household, an important post because it... Read more

Cardinal Marc Ouellet speaks at a press conference in Quebec City on June 30.

Canadian cardinal 'surprised' by appointment to Vatican position

Jul 5, 2010

At a recent press conference, Cardinal Marc Ouellet commented on his recent appointment as Prefect of the Congregation for Bishops, remarking... Read more