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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.

Inside The Vatican America Media

    • Religion & Spirituality
    • 4.7 • 277 Ratings

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.

    Jubilee Year 2025: What you need to know

    Jubilee Year 2025: What you need to know

    On May 9, Pope Francis issued a papal bull proclaiming the 2025 Jubilee Year. The document, resembling a social encyclical, urges nations to grant amnesty to prisoners and calls on the world’s most powerful entities to forgive the debts of poor countries. Can Pope Francis’ calls match the impact of John Paul II’s in the Jubilee of 2000?
    Later, Colleen shares her review of reports from a global synod meeting of 200 parish priests, held just outside Rome, and suggests that this meeting gave rise to a collective vision for a “synodal parish”.
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    • 31 min
    Israeli Jesuit: Antisemitism is real. But not all support for Palestine is antisemitic.

    Israeli Jesuit: Antisemitism is real. But not all support for Palestine is antisemitic.

    As the war in the Holy Land continues to escalate and protests break out on university campuses around the world, Pope Francis persists in his calls for peace. But is it possible? Where does peace begin?
    This week on “Inside the Vatican,” David Neuhaus, S.J., an Israeli priest who teaches Scripture in Israel and Palestine, joins hosts Colleen Dulle and Gerard O’Connell for a conversation on what he believes can bring peace in the Holy Land war. He reflects on how Israeli Jews and Palestinian Arabs can engage in dialogue without dismissing each other’s painful histories, and emphasizes the need for sensitive language when addressing each other’s traumatic histories.
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    • 35 min
    Pope Francis visits Venice Biennale art festival in another papal first

    Pope Francis visits Venice Biennale art festival in another papal first

    Pope Francis made history by becoming the first pope to attend the iconic Venice Biennale cultural festival in its 128-year history. After a Vatican-sponsored exhibition at a women’s prison, he met with inmates and staff before celebrating Mass in St. Mark’s Square.
    Looking ahead, host Colleen Dulle and veteran Vatican reporter Gerard O’Connell preview the pope’s forthcoming visits to Italian cities, including his expected appearance at the G7 summit in Puglia next month. Pope Francis will become the first pope to address the G7, sharing his concerns about the unchecked growth of artificial intelligence and its profound ethical implications.
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    • 26 min
    ‘Inside the Vatican’ live from the pope’s homeland

    ‘Inside the Vatican’ live from the pope’s homeland

    “A negotiated peace is better than a war without end,” said Pope Francis in an exclusive interview with CBS Evening News anchor Norah O’Donnell, marking the first such interview for network television in the U.S. Amid conflicts in Gaza and Ukraine, the pope advocated for global peace. The full interview airs May 19 on CBS’s “60 Minutes,” covering topics such as child welfare, women’s roles, L.G.B.T.Q. ministry and speculation on the pope’s resignation.
    Recording “Inside the Vatican” live from Buenos Aires, host Colleen Dulle reflects on her visit to the pope’s homeland, which has given her a deeper understanding of his emphasis on “being amongst the people,” she says, and his belief that “you can’t do theology behind a desk.” She highlights the vibrant lay ministry in Argentina and the impact of the newly instituted ministry of catechist, which she’s now seen in action firsthand.
    Later, Gerry shares insights from his interview with Mark Lewis, S.J., who will lead the newly merged Gregorian University. The integration of the Biblical and Oriental Institutes with the Gregorian under Father Lewis’ leadership marks a historic first step by the Jesuits in the effort for greater synergy and collaboration among the pontifical institutions in Rome.
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    • 32 min
    After public rift, Francis restores Benedict XVI’s former secretary to Vatican service

    After public rift, Francis restores Benedict XVI’s former secretary to Vatican service

    After being removed by Pope Francis as head of the papal household, evicted from his Vatican apartment and returned to his native diocese in Germany, Archbishop Georg Gänswein is reportedly set to be appointed as a nuncio, or papal ambassador.
    On this episode of “Inside the Vatican,” veteran Vatican correspondent Gerard O’Connell and host Colleen Dulle analyze the reported forthcoming appointment of Benedict XVI’s longtime secretary and how it fits into the archbishop’s often publicly tumultuous relationship with Pope Francis.
    In the second half of the show, Colleen and Gerry break down Pope Francis’ brief but dense statement responding to the military escalation between Iran and Israel this past weekend.
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    • 18 min
    What the Vatican said about gender in ‘Dignitas Infinita’

    What the Vatican said about gender in ‘Dignitas Infinita’

    The Vatican released a document on human dignity this week with sections denouncing what it calls “gender theory” and “sex change.”
    In this special round table episode of “Inside the Vatican,” America’s Editor-in-Chief Fr. Sam Sawyer, S.J. and the Executive Director of Outreach, America’s LGBT Catholic resource, Michael O’Loughlin, join host Colleen Dulle for a discussion on the document “Dignitas Infinita” and the pastoral challenges it presents in the guests’ ministry to LGBT Catholics.
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    • 26 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
277 Ratings

277 Ratings

nickjeanjoe ,

Inside the Vatican

This is an excellent podcast. Thank you, America Magazine! This is the podcast I most look forward to hearing of all the podcasts I subscribe to—both secular and religious. Indeed, it is a breath of fresh air for me since it features dialogues that are frank and insightful, and it is not afraid to engage in often controversial issues in our Church today. It is encouraging to know that other members of the Catholic faithful have the same questions as I do and and who want to talk about them. Kathleen Dulle and Gerard O’Connell are wonderful together. Anne Marie Candido Arkansas

April Epiphany ,

Blessings and backlash

Well done! I liked the presentation of the broad spectrum of responses and some of the cultural and legal contexts from around the world.

1391 ,

I listen but

Way to liberal, sounds Catholic but leans to far towards changing sound doctrine. I only listen to track what the liberals are doing to the church I love.

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