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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.

    How the Vatican held a consistory like no other

    How the Vatican held a consistory like no other

    This weekend’s consistory, where Pope Francis created 13 new cardinals, only 11 of whom were physically present, will go down in history as one of the church’s most unique celebrations. Ordinarily, thousands of guests crowd into St. Peter’s Basilica for the creation of new cardinals, who are fêted before and after the ceremony in countless parties and receptions.
    This year, due to the coronavirus pandemic, the cardinal-designates’ days before the consistory included no such parties: Instead, they faced 10 days of quarantine in the Vatican’s Santa Marta guesthouse, staying in their individual rooms and having meals delivered to the door. Several expressed in Zoom interviews their surprise at how strict the measures were.
    This week on “Inside the Vatican,” host Colleen Dulle and veteran Vatican correspondent Gerard O’Connell take a look at this year’s pared-down consistory and how Pope Francis has shifted the geography of the College of Cardinals. The hosts also discuss the Vatican’s similarly scaled-back Christmas plans and spend some time remembering soccer superstar Diego Maradona.
    Links from the show:

    Gerard O’Connell | Analysis: Pope Francis’ newest cardinals will help pick his successor. Who are they?

    Pope elevates 13 new cardinals then puts them in their place

    Pope Francis prays for late Diego Maradona

    • 22 min
    Austen Ivereigh on writing with Pope Francis

    Austen Ivereigh on writing with Pope Francis

    Pope Francis opens up about his “personal covids”—times of crisis in his life—in a new book called Let Us Dream, written in collaboration with his biographer, Austen Ivereigh.
    With Mr. Ivereigh’s encouragement, the pope brought his sometimes-lofty ideas for building a new society post-pandemic down to earth. He discloses in a new way how his lung operation as a young man taught him dependence on others and how his so-called “exile” in Cordoba, Argentina after that country’s “Dirty War” unexpectedly prepared him to become pope.
    In this bonus episode of “Inside the Vatican,” host Colleen Dulle and papal biographer Austen Ivereigh discuss Pope Francis’ view of the George Floyd protests, the #MeToo movement and the work of clerical sexual abuse survivors are an integral part of people reclaiming their dignity.

    Mr. Ivereigh and Ms. Dulle discuss the pope’s role as, as Mr. Ivereigh calls him, “the world’s spiritual director,” and how he hopes to apply Jesuit discernment to helping people to recover their collective memory and build a new future together.

    Links from the show:
    Pre-order Let Us Dream
    Colleen Dulle | Pope Francis talks about Uighurs, George Floyd and Universal Basic Income in new interview

    • 33 min
    Juan Carlos Cruz on the McCarrick Report

    Juan Carlos Cruz on the McCarrick Report

    Juan Carlos Cruz is an abuse survivor and advocate who has the pope’s hear when it comes to clerical sexual abuse. In 2018, when Pope Francis went to Chile, he was asked about Juan Carlos’ abuser and his bishop’s cover-up. Francis dismissed Juan Carlos out of hand and called his accusations calumny.
    Soon after, Francis sent investigators to look into abuse in Chile, and they came back with a 2600-page report saying Juan Carlos and his friends had been telling the truth. Pope Francis apologized, and the two have had a good relationship ever since.
    On this episode of “Inside the Vatican,” host Colleen Dulle and Juan Carlos Cruz discuss Juan Carlos’ reactions to the Vatican’s report on former Cardinal Theodore McCarrick and what reforms Juan Carlos believes should come next.
    Watch a video version of this interview.
    Links from the show:
    Jesuitical Podcast | Juan Carlos Cruz: the survivor who changed the pope’s mind on sex abuse
    Colleen Dulle | Top 5 Takeaways from the McCarrick Report
    Does the McCarrick report exonerate Pope Francis? Yes and no.
    Editorial | The McCarrick Report lacked an independent investigator. It shows.

    • 22 min
    Reactions to the McCarrick Report

    Reactions to the McCarrick Report

    Last week, the Vatican released its report on how former Cardinal Theodore McCarrick was able to rise through the ranks of the church hierarchy despite rumors swirling about him abusing priests, seminarians, and minors.
    Now, survivors and advocates in countries like Poland, Chile and Mexico want detailed Vatican reports on sexual abuse in their countries to be published, too. “Many people are saying, we’ve had the McCarrick report, now let’s have the Maciel report,” explains Vatican correspondent Gerard O’Connell, referring to the notoriously abusive priest, Fr. Marcial Maciel Degollado, founder of the Legionaries of Christ.
    This week on “Inside the Vatican,” Gerry and host Colleen Dulle look at the ripple effects the McCarrick report has had in the United States and around the world.
    The two also discuss whether the Vatican can go back to normal after such an unprecedented disclosure of its inner workings. On one hand, Pope Francis has laid the legal framework for investigating anonymous abuse claims and investigating bishops, and he has now set a precedent for disclosing information about how bishops are appointed. On the other hand, he faced internal resistance to publishing the McCarrick report, and many bishops would prefer to continue business as usual. Will the calls for greater transparency and accountability coming from around the world be heeded?

    Links from the show:
    Inside the Vatican | Deep Dive: The Rise and Fall of Theodore McCarrick
    Gerard O’Connell | Deep Dive: The McCarrick Report and the popes it implicates
    Colleen Dulle | Top 5 Takeaways from the McCarrick Report
    The McCarrick Report and Pope John Paul II: Confronting a saint’s tarnished legacy

    • 22 min
    Deep Dive: The McCarrick Report

    Deep Dive: The McCarrick Report

    The Vatican’s long-awaited report on the rise of former Cardinal Theodore McCarrick was finally published yesterday. The document reveals that complaints about Mr. McCarrick’s abuse of seminarians reached all the way to Pope John Paul II, and that allegations of his abuse of children reached at least to John Paul’s top advisors.
    In this deep dive episode of “Inside the Vatican,” America’s Vatican correspondent Gerard O’Connell and producer Colleen Dulle explain the rise and fall of Theodore McCarrick, once the most prominent prelate in the U.S. Catholic church.
    The two unpack the accusations made in Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano’s incendiary 2018 letter and how those are addressed in the Vatican’s recent report. Gerry gives an up-close view of how the events of the last two years unfolded, and Colleen raises questions about whether this report will usher in a new era of accountability.
    You can find a transcript of this conversation at https://www.americamagazine.org/voices/inside-vatican. 
    Links from the show:
    Gerard O’Connell | Deep Dive: The McCarrick Report and the popes it implicates
    Colleen Dulle | Top 5 Takeaways from the McCarrick Report
    The McCarrick Report and Pope John Paul II: Confronting a saint’s tarnished legacy
    Inside the Vatican | A 3-minute summary of what the McCarrick Report reveals
    U.S. Catholic leaders react to the McCarrick report
    Colleen Dulle | Explainer: What the church has done to fight clergy sex abuse since 2018’s ‘summer of shame’

    • 23 min
    The McCarrick Report in 3 minutes

    The McCarrick Report in 3 minutes

    Colleen Dulle gives a brief update on the Vatican’s report on former Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, which was published today.
    Read America Media's full report: Vatican report tracks McCarrick’s rise despite allegations of abuse and misconduct

    • 3 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
145 Ratings

145 Ratings

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Well done

Have listened to a number of episodes and am happy to have found a way to get some news stories about the Vatican that does not require a lot of time to hear and absorb. Appreciate the balanced reporting, pleasant personalities, and professional approach.

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Nice to hear the update to bring us closer

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How I stay up to date with all the most important things going on in the Catholic Church. Great analysis by reputable and experienced reporters who understand the Church. A great tool for those working at parishes or other parts of the Church to know what’s going on.

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