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Almost 200 cardinals answered the call to the extraordinary consistory in August 2022.

Behind the scenes and between the lines: Cardinals debate laity, power, synodality

Aug 31, 2022

By Andrea Gagliarducci

There were no press conferences, reports, or sensational announcements at the end of the extraordinary consistory convened by Pope Francis... 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

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Are these the two women Pope Francis will appoint to the Dicastery of Bishops?

Jul 11, 2022

By Andrea Gagliarducci

The two new female members of the Dicastery of Bishops are likely two religious sisters already well-known in the Vatican,... Read more

Sr. Alessandra Smerilli (second from left) and Sr. Nathalie Becquart (third from left) pose with Pope Francis and others during the youth synod in 2018.

Pope Francis announces appointment of women to committee selecting new bishops

Jul 6, 2022

By CNA Staff

Pope Francis has said he would announce the appointment of two women to the Vatican committee that elects bishops. 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

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

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

The Palazzo del Sant’Uffizio, the seat of the Vatican Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.

Pope Francis changes structure of Vatican doctrinal office

Feb 14, 2022

By Hannah Brockhaus

The restructuring is the latest step in Pope Francis' ongoing reform of the Roman Curia. Read more

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Is the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith undergoing a general overhaul?

Jan 11, 2022

By Andrea Gagliarducci

The exit of the No. 2 person at the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith should be framed in... Read more

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Why 2022 could be a year of major changes in the Roman Curia

Jan 5, 2022

By CNA Staff

There is currently no Vatican department head from Africa or Oceania. Read more

Cardinal Peter Turkson, prefect of the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development, in London, England, on March 14, 2011. Credit: Mazur/catholicchurch.org.uk.

Vatican insiders: Reports of Cardinal Peter Turkson's resignation 'credible'

Dec 17, 2021

By Andrea Gagliarducci

Various Vatican sources told CNA that a recent report by a traditionalist blog claiming that Cardinal Peter Turkson was set... Read more

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