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Each week, Colleen Dulle goes behind the headlines of the biggest Vatican news stories with America’s Rome correspondent Gerard O’Connell. They'll break down complicated news stories that have a whole lot of history behind them in an understandable, engaging way. Colleen and Gerard will give you the inside scoop on what people inside the Vatican are thinking, saying—and planning.

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Each week, Colleen Dulle goes behind the headlines of the biggest Vatican news stories with America’s Rome correspondent Gerard O’Connell. They'll break down complicated news stories that have a whole lot of history behind them in an understandable, engaging way. Colleen and Gerard will give you the inside scoop on what people inside the Vatican are thinking, saying—and planning.

    Pope Francis calls out ‘cancel culture’ in address to ambassadors

    Pope Francis calls out ‘cancel culture’ in address to ambassadors

    Pope Francis addressed ambassadors from the 183 countries that have diplomatic relations with the Holy See about his top international priorities on Monday and, surprisingly, devoted a portion of his talk to the problems he sees with “cancel culture.”
    This week on “Inside the Vatican,” host Colleen Dulle and veteran Vatican correspondent Gerard O’Connell take a look at the pope’s talk and why he thinks cancel culture is a threat to international cooperation.
    “Under the guise of defending diversity, it ends up canceling all sense of identity,” the pope said, “with the risk of silencing positions that defend a respectful and balanced understanding of various sensibilities.”
    Gerry also recaps how Pope Francis baptized 16 children in the Sistine Chapel this weekend—which brought back memories of when then-Cardinal Bergoglio baptized Gerry and his wife’s children in Buenos Aires.

    Read more:
    Pope Francis critiques ‘cancel culture’ in address to diplomats from around the world
    Pope Francis removes from Vatican doctrine office archbishop who is believed to have banned same-sex blessings
    Pope Francis stopped by his favorite record store to say ‘hello’
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    • 29 min
    Pope Francis' 'action-packed' plans for 2022

    Pope Francis' 'action-packed' plans for 2022

    Pope Francis has an “action-packed” agenda this year, but the relentless spread of Covid-19 worldwide could complicate his plans to visit countries in Africa, Asia, Europe and the Middle East. 
    But whether or not the pope is able to travel internationally this year, Gerry says he “is clearly not planning to slow down,” and has much work to do from his desk at the Vatican. Chief among the pope’s tasks this year is the completion of the reform of the Roman Curia which will culminate with the issuing of “Praedicate Evangelium,” a document that will serve as a blueprint for not only a revamp of some of the more dated structures at the Vatican but also intends to usher a change in culture within the Roman Curia.
    This year is also expected to bring other significant changes at the Vatican including the appointment of several new high-ranking officers, as some cardinals reach the age of retirement and those over 80 become ineligible to vote in the next papal conclave. 
    This year, “Francis will really leave his mark on the church in a big way,” Gerry tells Ricardo. “These will be men chosen by him alone, not inherited from a previous pontificate.”

    Links from the show:
    Pope Francis’ action-packed agenda for 2022
    Volunteer, stop judging and get off Twitter: 8 New Year’s Resolutions Inspired by Pope Francis
    Video: 8 New Year’s Resolution from Pope Francis
    Podcast: Inside the top secret process of appointing a Catholic bishop
    The Election of Pope Francis: An Inside Account of the Conclave That Changed History 
    Pope Francis on New Year’s Day: “To hurt a woman is to insult God.”
    Pope Francis at Midnight Mass: God comes into the world in littleness.
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    • 30 min
    Pope Francis' Christmas message: Be humble.

    Pope Francis' Christmas message: Be humble.

    Pope Francis’ Christmas messages to “the church and the world” (“Urbi et Orbi”) and to the Roman Curia focused this year on the theme of humility.
    “He is the word of God who became an infant, capable only of crying, and in need of help for everything,” the pope said. “He wished to learn how to speak, like every other child, so that we might learn to listen to God, our Father, to listen to one another and to dialogue as brothers and sisters.”
    This week on “Inside the Vatican,” host Colleen Dulle gives a summary of the pope’s Christmas messages. You can find links to read them, along with Vatican correspondent Gerard O’Connell’s reporting on the pope’s Curia address, below.
    Pope Francis’ Christmas Urbi et Orbi message
    Pope Francis’ address to the Roman Curia
    Pope Francis tells Roman Curia ‘Be humble, not proud’ in another humdinger of a Christmas talk
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    • 6 min
    Update: Vatican doubles down on Latin Mass restrictions

    Update: Vatican doubles down on Latin Mass restrictions

    On Saturday, Dec. 18, the Vatican issued some clarifications about its restrictions on the pre-Vatican II Latin Mass. These restrictions had been published in July in Pope Francis’ letter “Traditionis Custodes,” or “Guardians of the Tradition.” Since then, The Vatican’s Congregation for Divine Worship had received some questions about the restrictions, so they put together the most common ones and provided yes or no answers—a format the Vatican sometimes uses called a “responsum ad dubium” or “response to doubts/questions.”

    The new clarifications basically double down on the restrictions that were put in place in July: They make it clear that the Tridentine Latin Mass can still be celebrated in oratories and by priests who are specifically tasked with celebrating Mass in the old rite, but it tightens restrictions on old rite Masses outside of those situations.

    On this special update episode, host Colleen Dulle explains the new clarifications around the old Latin Mass.

    Links from the show:
    Vatican clarifies rules for the celebration of the Tridentine Latin Mass
    Inside the Vatican Deep Dive: Why Pope Francis restricted the Latin Mass
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    • 6 min
    The biggest Vatican stories of 2021

    The biggest Vatican stories of 2021

    This week on “Inside the Vatican,” host Colleen Dulle and Vatican correspondent Gerard O’Connell take a look back at this year in Vatican news.

    This year brought three risky papal trips to Iraq, Hungary and Slovakia, and Cyprus and Greece, all undertaken during the Covid-19 pandemic. In the meantime, Pope Francis’ health came into question when he underwent surgery on his colon in mid-July. Gerry recaps the pope’s trips and gives an update on his recovery.

    Within the Vatican, the pope continued his reforming efforts: This year saw the opening of the first-ever Vatican trial of a cardinal for financial crimes, and Pope Francis opened the global “synod on synodality” in an effort to move the church toward greater collaboration between leadership and lay people.

    Looking across the Atlantic, the pope stepped into the U.S. bishops’ debate around communion for pro-choice politicians, telling Gerry aboard the papal plane that he had never denied communion to anyone. Colleen and Gerry recap the story and look at where the Vatican would like to see the U.S. bishops go from here.

    Links from the show:

    Pope Francis in Iraq: Everything you need to know about the historic trip
    What to expect from Pope Francis’ trip to Hungary and Slovakia
    Pope Francis is about to visit Greece and Cyprus — and he’s expected to invite some 50 migrants to come to Rome
    Pope Francis returns to Vatican 10 days after successful operation
    In a historic first, a cardinal stood trial at the Vatican over involvement in a real estate scandal
    Podcast: The Synod on Synodality will be an uphill battle — but it’s worth it
    Debate over the Eucharist and pro-choice politicians ends in a whimper at bishops’ meeting
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    • 33 min
    Visiting a refugee camp with the pope

    Visiting a refugee camp with the pope

    Pope Francis traveled to Cyprus and Greece from December 2-6, casting a spotlight on two nations that receive tens of thousands of migrants and refugees each year. On his flight from Rome to Cyprus, Pope Francis told journalists that he was making the trip to “touch the wounds of humanity.”

    America’s Vatican correspondent Gerard O’Connell was among the reporters traveling with the pope. This week on “Inside the Vatican,” he speaks with host Colleen Dulle about the experience, and how Pope Francis was visibly moved by seeing the barbed-wire-topped wall that has divided the Cypriot capitol of Nicosia into an independent half and a Turkish-controlled half since 1973.

    The pope’s goals for this trip included delivering a message of hope to the divided country, encouraging the small Catholic population in the region, bridging divisions with the Greek Orthodox community who make up the majority of these nations’ believers, and speaking out about threats to democracy while visiting democracy’s birthplace.

    Gerry also describes visiting a migrant reception center on the Greek island of Lesbos, where Pope Francis delayed his meeting with the president by 30 minutes, instead opting to walk and greet the asylum seekers living in the camp. The Holy See is expected to host 50 refugees from Cyprus after the trip and sponsor their resettlement in Italy.

    Links from the show:

    In Cyprus, Pope Francis has a message for all of Europe: We need dialogue and open doors—not walls.

    Pope Francis: Don’t let ‘small-t traditions’ divide Catholic and Orthodox Christians

    Full text of Pope Francis’ speech in Nicosia

    Pope Francis in Greece: ‘We are witnessing a retreat from democracy.’

    Pope Francis in Lesbos: The root causes of the migration crisis ‘should be attacked,’ not migrants (Full Text)

    Pope Francis: ‘I accepted the resignation of the archbishop of Paris not on the altar of truth but on the altar of hypocrisy’
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    • 31 min

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