• Pope advances sainthood cause for US ‘bishop of the barrios’

    Pope advances sainthood cause for US ‘bishop of the barrios’

    • Jul 10, 2016

    In decisions made on July 8, Pope Francis moved forward the sainthood cause of a Hispanic bishop in the US who ministered to farm workers, and who had a special affection for ‘lowrider’ modified cars, and also an Italian layman who refused to swear allegiance to the Nazis.

  • Vatican’s old guard may have notched a Pyrrhic victory

    Vatican’s old guard may have notched a Pyrrhic victory

    • Jul 10, 2016

    On Saturday, Pope Francis issued an edict restoring several financial powers to the Administration of the Patrimony of the Apostolic See (APSA), taking them away from Australian Cardinal George Pell and his Secretariat for the Economy. With power, however, also comes the blame if something goes wrong.

  • Pope Francis recalibrates financial powers inside the Vatican

    Pope Francis recalibrates financial powers inside the Vatican

    • Jul 9, 2016

    Pope Francis on Saturday issued a legal decree intended to create a clear distinction between administration of the Vatican’s financial resources and oversight of that administration. Politically, the result is seen as trimming the powers of Australian Cardinal George Pell and his new Secretariat for the Economy.