Lay Leadership? Restructuring of Dicasteries? Big Changes Anticipated for Roman Curia

Six Pontifical Congregations merged into only two.  Fewer Cardinals in Rome.  Possible lay leadership at the top.   These are among the changes expected, as Curia reform continues under Pope Francis.  According to Cardinal Oscar Andres Rodriguez Maradiaga, coordinator of the C9, the Council of Cardinals that is helping Pope Francis to restructure Vatican dicasteries:"There will be fewer Cardinals in the Vatican, and a reform of the Secretary of State is being looked into."In an int … [Read more...]

Buon Appetito! Swiss Guard Authors Cookbook of Papal Favorites

Swiss Guard authors cookbook

Pope Francis' favorite dishes from his native Argentina are among the recipes included in Buon Appetito, a just-published cookbook by 24-year-old David Geisser.  Also included are some favorites of Pope Benedict XVI and Pope John Paul II.Geisser should know:  As a member of the Pontifical Swiss Guard, he has had the opportunity to ask top Vatican officials about the pontiffs' favorite foods.Some of Pope Francis' favorites featured in the new cookbook are empanadas; roast sirloin, known in … [Read more...]

No Surprise Here! Vatican Conference Ends With Affirmation of Marriage

The Vatican's three-day colloquium on The Complementarity of Man and Woman in Marriage has ended today, not surprisingly, with an affirmation of marriage.What WAS surprising--at least to me--was the pure poetry of the closing statement.   Participants listened to a reading of "A New Affirmation of Marriage"--which explained why wedding celebrations are joyful.  The statement, along with additional information about the conference, can be accessed at the website; but for your convenience, I've … [Read more...]