- Jan 22, 2021
Sciatica is not life-threatening, it doesn’t shorten the lifespan, and it doesn’t pose the risk of either physical or mental incapacity. That’s not to say it’s trivial – as Francis himself said talking about it in 2013, “I don’t wish it on anyone!” – but it’s not the sort of thing that raises questions about the pope’s ability to govern.
We witnessed a potential watershed moment this week for financial reform in the Vatican when a longtime former president of the Vatican Bank, along with the bank’s lawyer, were sentenced to eight years and 11 months in jail for their roles in a $70 million fraud.
On Wednesday both the Vatican and the USCCB released statements on the inauguration of President Joe Biden, and once again it was a Tale of Two Tones.
Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte faces a crucial no-confidence vote in the senate today, and the Vatican will be watching with interest.
This week Italy opened the largest mob trial in history, with 325 defendants in the dock linked to the ‘Ndrangheta syndicate in the southern Italian region of Calabria.
Yesterday U.S. Ambassador to the Vatican Callista Gingrich made her farewell visit to Pope Francis, marking the end of her term – and also cementing her case as the COAT, meaning the American envoy to the Vatican who faced the most vexing all-time challenge.