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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.

    Can defendants get a fair trial in the Vatican?

    Can defendants get a fair trial in the Vatican?

    The Vatican’s judicial system is entering a busy season: Soon, it will deliver a verdict in the trial of the former head of the Vatican Bank who was accused of embezzlement; it will hear the abuse trial of a former St. Peter’s Basilica altar server; and it’s expected to bring charges against a woman accused of embezzling more than 500,000 Euros from the Vatican while employed under Cardinal Angelo Becciu.
    This week, the Vatican dropped its effort to extradite the woman from Italy to Vatican City, which has raised questions about whether the extradition could stand: Some argue that her lawyers could have made the case against extradition because the woman was not guaranteed a fair trial in the Vatican.
    This week on “Inside the Vatican,” host Colleen Dulle and veteran Vatican correspondent Gerard O’Connell unpack this question: What makes the Vatican’s judicial system different from a modern democratic one, like Italy’s, and what are its pros and cons?
    The hosts also discuss Australia’s recent admission that it overestimated the amount of money transferred from the Vatican to Australia by $1.5 billion. Colleen and Gerry discuss how such a big blunder could have been made and what questions remain about the transfers.

    Links from the show:
    Gerard O’Connell | Australia admits $1.5 billion error in investigation into suspected Vatican money laundering
    Can defendants get a fair trial at the Vatican? The Vatican decides it doesn’t want to hear Italy’s answer
    Inside the Vatican | The Vatican’s $200 million London real estate scandal, explained
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    • 21 min
    Pope Francis denounces U.S. Capitol insurrection

    Pope Francis denounces U.S. Capitol insurrection

    The eyes of the world were on the United States last week, when a group of insurrectionists supporting President Donald Trump stormed the U.S. Capitol building as Congress was certifying the results of last year’s presidential election. Pope Francis said he was “astounded” and denounced the violence and the movement that caused it.
    This week on “Inside the Vatican,” host Colleen Dulle and veteran Vatican correspondent Gerard O’Connell discuss Pope Francis’ challenge to the U.S. to overcome its divisions and how the U.S. bishops will need to step up in order to achieve that. “The church can't be missing in action in such a big crisis,” Gerry said.
    Colleen and Gerry also explain this week’s update to canon law which opens the permanent lay liturgical ministries of lector (reader) and acolyte (server) to women for the first time. For a more in-depth look at the change, check out Colleen’s explainer article here.
    Links from the show:
    Gerard O’Connell | Pope Francis condemns the violence at the U.S. Capitol
    Gerard O’Connell | Pope Francis calls on Americans to promote reconciliation and protect democracy after the Capitol attack
    The Editors | Impeach. Convict. Now.
    Fr. Bryan Massingale | The Racist Attack on Our Nation’s Capitol 
    Fr. Bryan Massingale and Fr. Matt Malone, S.J. | Video: How to make spiritual sense of the attack on the Capitol
    Archbishop Mark Coleridge | Catholic bishops can’t risk falling back on old tactics of political engagement
    Colleen Dulle | Explainer: The history of women lectors and altar servers—and what Pope Francis has changed
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    • 24 min
    Pope Francis takes away top office’s financial power

    Pope Francis takes away top office’s financial power

    Welcome to Inside the Vatican’s 100th episode!
    This week, host Colleen Dulle and Vatican correspondent Gerard O’Connell celebrate their 100th episode, reminiscing on their favorite memories of the last two years of “Inside the Vatican.” They also give updates on Vatican City’s soon-to-arrive coronavirus vaccines and Pope Francis’ recent sciatica flare-up. (Don’t worry, he’s OK.)
    Colleen and Gerry also dive into a recent legally binding order from Pope Francis instructing the Vatican’s Secretariat of State, which was once its most powerful office, to transfer all of its assets to the Vatican’s financial oversight office and removing their office’s investing power. The decision comes as financial misconduct in the Secretariat of State is being investigated.
    With the investigation ongoing, Colleen asks, is Pope Francis jumping the gun with this punitive measure?
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    Links from the show:
    Gerard O’Connell: Pope Francis cancels his New Year’s plans due to ‘a painful sciatica’
    Gerard O’Connell: Pope Francis tests negative for Covid-19 after two close advisors were infected
    Pope formally strips Vatican secretariat of state of assets
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    • 20 min
    How 2020 changed the Vatican

    How 2020 changed the Vatican

    The coronavirus pandemic upended everyone’s plans for 2020—including the Vatican’s. From the first weeks of the pandemic when Pope Francis prayed in the rain in St. Peter’s Square to the London finance scandal to the new standards of transparency ushered in by the McCarrick report, it’s been an unprecedented year in every way.
    This week on “Inside the Vatican,” host Colleen Dulle and Vatican correspondent Gerard O’Connell recap the biggest Vatican moments of 2020. The hosts focus on three areas of change in the Vatican: transparency, missionary work, and solidarity with the poor.
    Links from the show:
    Gerard O’Connell: The Top 7 Pope Francis Stories of 2020
    Deep Dive: The Vatican’s $200 million London real estate scandal, explained
    Deep Dive: How will historians judge Pope Pius XII’s decisions during World War II?
    Deep Dive: The Rise and Fall of Theodore McCarrick
    Deep Dive: The Vatican-China deal, explained
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    • 27 min
    Pope Francis’ 2020 Christmas Messages

    Pope Francis’ 2020 Christmas Messages

    Pope Francis held two pared-down and socially-distanced Christmas celebrations this week: First, Mass on Christmas Eve in St. Peter’s basilica, and then his “urbi et orbi” address and blessing “to the church and the world.”
    In both, we heard a common theme from Pope Francis in 2020: a strong call for greater fraternity among people.
    In this episode, host Colleen Dulle gives a quick update on what the pope said.

    Read Pope Francis’ Christmas Eve homily
    Read Pope Francis’ Urbi et Orbi address
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    • 4 min
    Two Vatican cardinals have Covid

    Two Vatican cardinals have Covid

    Just after Vatican City ordered enough doses of the coronavirus vaccine for all of its employees and their families, two cardinals who work close to the pope have tested positive for the virus. Cardinal Konrad Krajewski, the 57-year-old papal almoner who once climbed down a manhole to restore electricity to a building where homeless people were living, was taken to the hospital with pneumonia symptoms. Cardinal Giuseppe Bertello, 78, the president of the Governorate of Vatican City State, also tested positive.
    This week on “Inside the Vatican,” host Colleen Dulle and Vatican correspondent Gerard O’Connell discuss the cardinals’ condition and the Vatican’s covid prevention measures, along with a new document from the Congregation from the Doctrine of the Faith stating that it is morally permissible for Catholics to be vaccinated against the coronavirus.
    Colleen and Gerry break down the C.D.F.’s argument on why a vaccine derived from cell lines from an aborted fetus is acceptable for Catholics to receive. The hosts also unpack Pope Francis’ address to the Roman curia on crisis and conflict.

    Links from the show:
    Two Vatican cardinals close to Pope Francis test positive for Covid-19
    Vatican: Catholics can get Covid-19 vaccines that used abortion cells
    Pope Francis: Sorting the church into ‘right vs. left, progressive vs. traditionalist’ betrays its true nature
    Pope Francis’ 2020 address to the Roman Curia

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    • 22 min

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