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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

Cardinal Robert Sarah, president of the Pontifical Council Cor Unum, in St. Peter's Square, March 24, 2013.

Cardinal Sarah appointment paves the way for new Curia

Nov 24, 2014

Cardinal Robert Sarah has been appointed as Prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments... Read more

 Opening Session of the Extraordinary Assembly of the Synod of Bishops at the Vatican on Oct. 6, 2014.

Top Vatican jobs: The 'Francis effect' on the Roman Curia

Nov 10, 2014

By Andrea Gagliarducci

The latest round of major appointments to top positions in the Vatican hierarchy shows that change is afoot as Pope... Read more

St. Peter's Square.

Curia reform advances as cardinals, minors protection group meet

Sep 18, 2014

By Andrea Gagliarducci

As Pope Francis' council of cardinals for curia reform gather this week in Rome, the newly-created Pontifical Commission for Protection... Read more

Archbishop Carlos Osoro was appointed August 28, 2014 as Archbishop of Madrid, Spain.

Choice of new Madrid archbishop marks new course for Spain's bishops

Aug 29, 2014

The appointment of Carlos Osoro Sierra as the new Archbishop of Madrid is another step forward in the renewal of... Read more

Fr. Federico Lombardi

Council of cardinals begin third set of reform meetings

Feb 17, 2014

By Elise Harris

Meeting for the third time since its institution, the Council of Eight has reconvened in Rome to address the economic... Read more

Pope Francis gives an exclusive interview to Italian newspaper La Stampa on Dec. 15, 2013.

New Pope interview touches on Church political reform

Dec 16, 2013

By Andrea Gagliarducci

Pope Francis' recent interview with Italian newspaper La Stampa Dec. 15 addressed some of the more political issues in the... Read more

St. Peter's Basilica.

Human resources review expected in Vatican departments

Nov 19, 2013

By Andrea Gagliarducci

At least 30 priests employed in Vatican departments may be removed from their posts and sent to dioceses in the... Read more