- Jul 9, 2020
A global rosary initiative dedicated to praying for priests offered prayers from around the world for Pope Francis.
On Tuesday it was announced that Pope Francis has created a new Vatican foundation dedicated to his predecessor, John Paul I, often a point of reference in the current pontificate when it comes to topics such as mercy and compassion.
A close second in terms of who benefits from Tuesday’s acquittal of Cardinal George Pell is the Vatican, because the heavy lifting of evaluating the evidence has been done by someone else.
In a recent interview Vatican Secretary of State Italian Cardinal Pietro Parolin said the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic is an opportunity to practice solidarity with others, particularly developing nations that lack the medical and social resources to fight a pandemic.
For those of us fascinated by the Vatican and its vicissitudes, here’s a lockdown-inspired thought experiment: What would happen if Pope Francis were to die or resign right now?
Vatican offices will remain open to ensure “essential services for the universal church,” but each office is being asked to evaluate the best ways to provide those services while observing health precautions and guidelines on safe distancing to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.