- Apr 9, 2020
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.
In a new letter, retired Hong Kong Cardinal Joseph Zen says Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin is “manipulating” Pope Francis on the issue of China.
After meeting Pope Francis, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy tweeted that he was inspired by their discussions about peace.