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Cardinal Gianfranco Ghirlanda, SJ, takes possession of his titular church in Rome, the Church of the Gesù, on Dec. 8, 2022.

Canon lawyer denies involvement in papal election reform, calling reports ‘a pure lie’

Nov 6, 2023

By Hannah Brockhaus

Reports said Cardinal Gianfranco Ghirlanda had been tasked by Pope Francis with drafting revisions to conclaves. Read more

St. Josemaria Escrivá, founder of Opus Dei

Pope Francis changes canon law on Opus Dei and any future personal prelatures

Aug 8, 2023

By Courtney Mares

The updated canons now state that the statutes that govern a personal prelature can be “approved or issued by the... Read more

A consistory for the creation of new cardinals in St. Peter’s Basilica on Oct. 5, 2019.

Pope Francis calls first extraordinary consistory since 2015 — so what will the cardinals talk about?

Aug 24, 2022

By Andrea Gagliarducci

Since 2015, Pope Francis has not called an extraordinary consistory like the one to be held on August 29-30.  Read more

Pope Francis in April 2022

How Pope Francis is changing the shape of the Roman Curia

Aug 19, 2022

By Andrea Gagliarducci

The new round of promotions and demotions in the Vatican is the consequence of two decisions recently taken by Pope... 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

Cardinal Pietro Parolin.

How does the new Vatican constitution affect the Secretariat of State?

May 19, 2022

By Andrea Gagliarducci

Cardinal Parolin outlined the changes at a ‘Praedicate evangelium study day’ in Rome. Read more

St. Peter’s Basilica, pictured on March 19, 2013.

Bishop: New Vatican constitution gives value to Catholic bishops’ conferences

May 10, 2022

By Hannah Brockhaus

Bishop Marco Mellino was addressing the heads of Vatican dicasteries. 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

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 priest celebrates the traditional Latin Mass at the Basilica of St. Pancras in Rome.

Vatican corrects ‘extraordinary form’ error in new constitution

Mar 28, 2022

By Hannah Brockhaus

The Vatican constitution now refers to ‘the liturgical books prior to the reform of the Second Vatican Council.’ 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

Pope Francis led the Angelus for All Saints' Day from a window above St. Peter's Square.

Praedicate evangelium: Pope Francis reforms Roman Curia with launch of Vatican constitution

Mar 19, 2022

By CNA Staff

The long-awaited text replaces the 1988 document ‘Pastor bonus.’ Read more

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

Release of new curial constitution delayed again

Dec 4, 2019

By Hannah Brockhaus

The publication date of the new constitution governing the Roman Curia has been delayed again as Pope Francis' council of... Read more

Secretary of State of the Holy See Cardinal Pietro Parolin during his official visit to Kiev, 2017.

Pope's cardinal advisors continue to discuss apostolic constitution

Sep 19, 2019

By Hannah Brockhaus

Pope Francis’ now six-member Council of Cardinal Advisors met this week to continue work on the forthcoming apostolic constitution, incorporating... 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

Bishop Marcello Semeraro at a Vatican press conference, June 27, 2019.

Pope could see final draft of new curial constitution by September

Jun 27, 2019

By Courtney Mares

Pope Francis could receive a final draft of a new constitution for the Roman curia as soon as September, according... 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