Curia Reform

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St. Peter's Basilica.

After Secretariat of State shakeup, what’s next for Curia reform?

Jan 7, 2021

By Andrea Gagliarducci

The draft of the delayed document that will reform of the Roman Curia gives the Vatican’s Secretariat of State a... 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

A view of St. Peter's Basilica from the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross, April 14, 2016.

With new cardinals on the horizon, what's next for the Roman Curia?

May 29, 2018

By Andrea Gagliarducci

Pope Francis’ announcement of a consistory to create new cardinals will also have consequences for the offices of the Roman... Read more

St. Peter's Basilica.

Council of Cardinals prep new constitution for Roman Curia

Apr 25, 2018

By Hannah Brockhaus

Pope Francis and his Council of Cardinals met this week to continue their discussion of curial reform and to work... Read more

Pope Francis greets the judges of the Roman Rota at the Vatican's Clementine Hall Jan. 22, 2016.

In latest appointments, Pope names new members of Roman Rota

Jul 20, 2017

By Elise Harris

Fr. Pierangelo Pietracatella and Fr. Hans-Peter Fischer are the newest members of the Roman Rota, and mark the latest in... Read more

Pope Francis arrives in St. Peter's square for the general audience Sept. 21, 2016.

Pope Francis' reform plan can be boiled down to this one thing

Dec 24, 2016

By Elise Harris

If there's anything Pope Francis' recent 12-point plan for the reform of the Roman Curia shows, it's that while his... Read more

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

Mission, synodality key themes in latest round of cardinal meetings

Dec 14, 2016

By Elise Harris

Pope Francis’ Council of Cardinals met for the 17th time this week, with synodality and the Church’s “missionary drive” forming... 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

 General Audience with Pope Francis, April 17, 2013.

As reforms roll out, Pope Francis proves a man of his word

Jul 15, 2016

By Elise Harris

Several recent appointments by Pope Francis to Vatican departments show that his reform of the Roman Curia is in tune... Read more

St. Peter's Square.

Vatican: suspended audit not intended to block curial reform

Apr 26, 2016

By Elise Harris

The Vatican clarified Tuesday that the recent suspension of an external audit of Vatican finances by Pricewaterhouse Cooper is due... 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

Cardinal George Pell of Sydney speaks at a Vatican press conference on July 9, 2014.

Cardinal Pell strikes back at allegations of child abuse

Feb 19, 2016

By Elise Harris

On Friday Cardinal George Pell forcefully denied an alleged police investigation's claim of “multiple offenses” of child sexual abuse, calling... Read more

Cardinal Sean O'Malley speaks with CNA in Rome on Feb. 4, 2013.

There's no question – reporting abuse is a must, Cardinal O'Malley says

Feb 16, 2016

By Elise Harris

After recent media reports suggested the Vatican is telling bishops to cover up sexual abuse, the Pontifical Commission for the... Read more

Pope Benedict XVI Holds His Final General Audience, Feb. 27, 2013.

The silent reform of Benedict XVI's papacy

Feb 11, 2016

By Elise Harris

In his new book on Benedict XVI, Vatican journalist Marco Mancini argues that while the retired pontiff became known for... Read more

Extraordinary Assembly of Synod of the Bishops on the Family, Oct. 2014.

Cardinal council wraps up prep work on new Vatican departments

Feb 9, 2016

By Elise Harris

As Pope Francis' ongoing process of reform continues to move forward, his council of advisers have finished their proposals for... Read more

A view of the facade of St. Peter's Basilica from the Vatican's Apostolic Palace, Feb. 14, 2015.

Will Vatican officials face term limits?

Jul 30, 2015

By Andrea Gagliarducci

A fixed term mandate for Vatican officials serving in the Roman Curia was among recent proposals for the Vatican's ongoing... Read more

The Vatican's arduous task of communicating in the modern age

May 30, 2015

By Andrea Gagliarducci

What needs to change in the Vatican's communications department to make it worthy of Pope Francis? How are the problems... Read more

The facade of St. Peter's Basilica, as seen from the Apostolic Palace in the Vatican.

Vatican Appointments: Cardinal Versaldi to Congregation for Catholic Education

Mar 31, 2015

Tuesday's appointment of Cardinal Giuseppe Versaldi as prefect of the Congregation for Catholic Education, together with Cardinal Rainer Maria Woelki's... Read more

Pope Francis in Paul VI Hall on March 16, 2013.

You are not 'lords of the manor': Pope Francis' tough words to curia

Dec 24, 2014

Pope Francis issued a strong message to members of the curia this week, warning them against careerism and urging them... 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