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VATICAN CITY (RNS) Pope Francis' meeting on Tuesday with the heads of all Vatican departments signals the kickoff to a reform campaign six months after he was elected with a mandate to bring the church's central bureaucracy in line.

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Alessandro Speciale

Alessandro Speciale

Alessandro Speciale has been covering the Vatican since 2007 and wrote for Religion News Service from 2011-2013. Born in Rome, he studied literature at the Scuola Normale Superiore in Pisa, Italy, and journalism at City University, London. He has appeared as an expert on Vatican affairs on CNN, BBC World and Al Jazeera English.


  1. Daniel Berry, NYC

    A desire to re-orgainze how the Vatican does business resulted in a murder of a pope in the 1970s. God willing that won’t happen again. But to have high expectations of appointees of Francis’ predecessor would be, I think, unwise.