- Sep 19, 2020
Pope Francis on Saturday named Irish Bishop Paul Tighe the Secretary of the Pontifical Council for Culture, essentially cementing his status as the top aide to Italian Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi. For the better part of a decade Tighe has been an effective emissary for the headquarters of the Catholic Church, among other reasons because he’s widely regarded as perhaps the Vatican’s nicest guy.
Modern technological advances are calling into question what it means to be human. Biotechnology is changing people from guardians into creators. Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi says these new technologies “have ethical and cultural implications that need to be considered.”
The female advisory board of the Pontifical Council for Culture has big plans: By sending an “electric shock” within the Church, it hopes to spark thousands of similar councils around the globe in search of solutions that go beyond women priests.
Rome is popularly known as the “Eternal City,” but there’s an even older complex located beneath the teeming streets and piazzas of the modern urban space, formed by the catacombs. Explorers who have charted and made accessible those spaces have, in effect, excavated the stories of the pioneers of the Christian faith.
Acting on Pope Francis’s insistence on boosting the role of women in the Vatican, Italian Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi, President of the Pontifical Council for Culture, has created a new “consultation” to ensure that the voices of 37 women are heard within his formerly all-male Vatican department.
Authorities suspect Giulio Occhionero and his sister Francesca Maria Occhionero, the two arrested for a cyber attack on the Vatican and others, may have ties to the Freemasons, because the malware used in the hack was called “Eye Pyramid,” believed to be a reference to the all-seeing eye of God, or Eye of Providence, a symbol typically associated with Freemasonry.