- Aug 7, 2020
Pope Francis was elected in March 2013 on a reform mandate, and quickly got to work trying to clean up Vatican finances. The effort has been beset with headaches and tensions, however, and two new key figures who’ve faced questions marks themselves are now set to play a more prominent role.
For five generations, the Gammarelli family has dressed and shod popes, beginning with Pope Pius IX in 1846, and stretching up to Pope Francis. The family business has now passed to a sixth generation, which stands ready to keep tailoring for popes from their perch near Rome’s Pantheon.
“We condemn in an absolute manner every manifestation of homicidal folly, hatred, terrorism, and attacks against peace,” a Vatican spokesman said Friday, after 84 were killed when a 31-year-old Tunisian plowed a truck into a crowd celebrating Bastille Day, a French national holiday.
On Oct. 16, Pope Francis will canonize Blessed Jose Brochero, famed in Argentina for riding throughout the countryside of his parish on the back of a mule to bring his people the sacraments, always wearing a poncho and sombrero in the style of a gaucho, or Argentinian cowboy.
A mobile medial unit donated by the Vatican is touring Rome’s urban peripheries, where the poor are concentrated, to provide care for those in need, bearing Vatican City license plates and the Holy See’s coat of arms, two keys topped by a papal crown.
A coalition of pro-life and pro-family conservative Catholics has launched a video appeal to Pope Francis to end what they describe as “doctrinal confusion” created by his document Amoris Laetitia, which appeared to open a cautious door for divorced and civilly remarried Catholics to receive Communion.