THERE HAS BEEN a highly charged atmosphere in Rome and in parts of the Catholic world following Archbishop Carlo Viganò’s “testimony” alleging that the Pope lifted sanctions imposed on a corrupt cardinal by his predecessor
IT WAS 5am last Sunday morning when news first started filtering through to the Holy See press corps in Ireland that the former papal ambassador to the United States had released his explosive “testimony”
IN THIS, THE fiftieth anniversary year of the publication of Humanae Vitae, Pope Francis set up a low-key commission to study material in the Vatican’s secret archives in order to clarify how Pope Paul VI’s encyclical came to be written.
Pope Francis is sending Archbishop Balestrero from Colombia to conflict-ridden Democratic Republic of Congo to “settle the affairs” of the apostolic nunciature in the country. It was an unusual announcement.