- Aug 12, 2020
To read the Italian press, one would think Thursday marks the definitive end of an era for Castel Gandolfo, the summer residence of popes for the last four centuries, now being opened to the public as a museum. In Catholicism, however, the past is not only not dead, it’s not even past.
As part of Pope Francis’s ongoing financial clean-up operation at the Vatican, the Holy See and Italy have entered into a new agreement that requires all individuals and entities with accounts at the so-called ‘Vatican bank’ to report income for Italian tax purposes.
Pope Francis canonized seven new saints on Sunday, including a “gaucho” priest from Argentina, a 14-year-old boy from Mexico killed during the Cristero War of the 1920s, and another martyr killed for refusing to renounce the faith during the French Revolution.
The Vatican announced on Sunday that Pope Francis will visit the Italian city of Genoa on May 27, 2017, after earlier confirming that he’ll visit Milan in March. Both visits were cancelled this year, which was taken in some quarters as a snub to the cardinals who lead those archdioceses.
Granted, Pope Francis is the leader of the universal Catholic Church, but there’s no doubt he has a special place in his heart for his native Argentina. Three saints-to-be from the country, all near and dear to the pope’s heart, illustrate the qualities he admires in priests, nuns and laity.
Pope Francis is always a whirlwind of activity and the last 48 hours have been no exception, with the pope meeting with elders and discussing the role of grandparents, confirming a day trip to Milan, and contributing to disaster relief in Haiti.