VATICAN CITY (RNS) Pope Benedict XVI had almost finished “Lumen Fidei” when he resigned on Feb. 28. Pope Francis took up the unfinished work, adding a “few contributions” and published it under his own name.
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About 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.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) If Pope John Paul II is declared a saint later this year, as expected, he would become a saint only eight years after his death, easily beating the record of 27 years set by Opus Dei founder Josemaria Escriva, who was declared a saint in 2002.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) Two top managers of the Vatican Bank resigned on Monday, just five days after Pope Francis appointed an independent commission to conduct a top-to-bottom review of the scandal-plagued bank.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) Pope Francis moved to act even before the new crisis at the Vatican Bank erupted — signaling his resolve to tackle a persistent source of scandal that his predecessors were unwilling or unable to put down.
(RNS) A new commission created by Pope Francis will have the power to access the bank’s data and documents, trumping the secrecy that historically shrouded its operations.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) After years of simmering tensions with Pope Benedict XVI, Jewish groups say they have a partner in Pope Francis following their first official meeting on Monday.
ROME (RNS) “Being a Christian is incompatible with having links to Mafia organizations,” said a Sicilian bishop who won’t allow church funerals for convicted mobsters.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) Both Pope Francis and Benedict XVI want the same thing – to lead people to “understand and accept” the church’s teachings. But they go about it in very different ways.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) Catholics and Lutherans are re-examining the Protestant Reformation, saying Martin Luther “had no intention of establishing a new church, but was part of a broad and many-faceted desire for reform” within the church.