- Mar 1, 2021
By naming Archbishop Blase Cupich of Chicago to the Vatican’s all-important Congregation for Bishops, Pope Francis effectively has positioned him, in tandem with Cardinal Donald Wuerl of Washington, D.C., to be the American “kingmakers” on this pope’s watch.
An exhaustive seven-year examination of the UK’s role in the US-led 2003 invasion of Iraq is devastating in its critique of the decisions taken by the government of Tony Blair — and indirectly vindicates the warnings at the time by the Catholic Church.
Although accused of being Communists, three priests and two seminarians murdered in Argentina in 1976 under a military regime today are seen as martyrs to the faith. Many Argentinians hope it will be their pope, Francis, who opened their saint cause 11 years ago, who canonizes them.
Speaking to a pilgrimage group from the Archdiocese of Lyon in France, Pope Francis tells the poor that they have a mission which “only you, in your poverty will be able to accomplish” — praying for the rich so they have a “change of heart.”
The lawyer for Italian journalist Gianluigi Nuzzi, one of five defendants accused of stealing secret Vatican documents on finances insists that Nuzzi had a duty to publish the material. and that the Vatican lacks jurisdiction since the alleged crimes occurred in Italy.
Pope Francis on Wednesday accepted the resignation of Brazilian Archbishop Aldo di Cillo Pagotto, who had been accused of shielding priests who committed sexual abuse, and who admits making mistakes but who also blames defamatory news reports for his downfall.