- May 17, 2021
Several prominent Vatican personalities marked International Women’s Day by celebrating the contribution a feminine touch can bring to their work and calling for more space to be created for laypeople in general within the ranks of the Roman Curia.
For 2020, the Vatican ran a deficit of $60 million (the data is reported in Euro, so that’s 49.7 million Euro). The total income for the year was $315 million and expenses came to $375 million, hence the deficit.
For Pope Francis, 2020 began normally. Then the pandemic hit.
“When the Church is viewed in terms of conflict – right versus left, progressive versus traditionalist – she becomes fragmented and polarized, distorting and betraying her true nature,” Pope Francis said Monday.
Highlighting the role cardinals play in assisting the pope to govern the church, Pope Francis has given the newest group of cardinals their assignments as members of Vatican congregations and councils.
On Wednesday the Vatican ordered the closure of its own museums as part of a new, broader national lockdown in Italy, and also required local bishops to seek Rome’s approval before creating new religious orders.
Several of Pope Francis’s 13 new cardinals-to-be have spoken out about the decision to give them a red hat, voicing surprise at the choice and offering a glimpse of issues that hit close to home and hints at what their priorities might be.
There’s something fitting about it having been a Catholic priest who coined the famous phrase about being able to accomplish great things as long as you don’t want the credit, because of all environments on earth where that’s true, the Vatican merits a special pride of place.