Posts Tagged Vatican offices

Francis exhorts Vatican prelates to be more mature, recognizes ‘smallness’ of work / National Catholic Reporter

Pope Francis has strongly urged the bishops and cardinals who head the various Vatican offices to act with more respect, honesty and maturity — and has told them that reform of the church’s central bureaucracy will go forward ‘with determination, clarity, and firm resolve.’

“In an annual pre-Christmas meeting with the leaders of what is called the Roman Curia, the pontiff also quoted a prayer long attributed to slain Salvadoran Archbishop Oscar Romero to emphasize the ‘smallness’ of their work in the context of ‘God’s great project of salvation.’

“Referencing a similar speech he gave at this time last year — when the pope outlined 15 diseases he said were affecting the Vatican’s work — Francis said some of those diseases had manifested themselves in 2015, ‘causing not a little pain to the entire body [of the church] and wounding many souls.’”

By Joshua J. McElwee, National Catholic Reporter — Click here to read the rest of this story.

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U.S. sisters’ apostolic visitation report to be released Dec. 16 / Global Sisters Report

The Vatican will be releasing the results of one of its controversial and contentious investigations of U.S. women religious at a press briefing in December, a priest who assists the Vatican’s press office has said.

“Basilian Fr. Thomas Rosica, a Canadian who frequently helps the Vatican with English and French language press, said the Vatican will release a report on the investigation, known as an apostolic visitation, Dec. 16.

“The visitation, one of two separate investigations of U.S. women religious launched by different Vatican offices in recent years, sparked protest from both the women and lay people throughout the country who said it was based on unfair and unfounded judgments about the women’s lives.”

By Joshua J. McElwee, Global Sisters Report, National Catholic Reporter — Click here to read the rest of this story.

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The Ecclesiology of Vatican Council II and the Synod: Central Themes of the Council of Cardinals / Vatican Information Service

In a press conference held in the Holy See Press Office this morning, director Fr. Federico Lombardi, S.J., gave information on the meeting of the Council of Cardinals, taking place in the Vatican from 1 to 3 October.” Vatican City, 2 October 2013 (VIS)

And from Associated Press via The Boston Globe — “Pope, Top Advisors Discuss Revamping Vatican Offices: Francis Pledges Church that Reaches Outcasts”

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