Inside The Vatican

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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Will Francis finally visit Argentina?
Last week, Pope Francis met with Argentinian President Alberto Fernández, whose country is currently weathering an economic crisis that has led to widespread hunger and a crippling national debt. In their meeting, Pope Francis with his home country...
24 min
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Pope’s new secretary worked with street childre...
On a of “Inside the Vatican,” in the midst of Cardinal Robert Sarah’s , Gerry and I discussed how Archbishop Georg Ganswein’s role as Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI’s personal secretary—and often, by default, his gatekeeper and...
21 min
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Francis appoints woman to top role in Secretari...
Last week, Pope Francis in the Vatican’s Secretariat of State for the first time, while also upgrading that role from the department head level to the undersecretary level. On “Inside the Vatican” this week, Gerry and I take a look at these two...
19 min
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Did Benedict XVI co-author a new book on priest...
This week on “Inside the Vatican,” Gerry and I dedicate the entire episode to the questions surrounding the new book From the Depths of Our Hearts, written by Cardinal Robert Sarah with a contribution from Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI. The book...
21 min
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What’s fact and what's fiction in ‘The Two Popes’?
Last week, a viral video circulated on social media showing Pope Francis slapping the hand of a woman who yanked his arm as he walked through a crowd in St. Peter’s Square. On “Inside the Vatican” this week, Gerry and I explain what happened and...
19 min
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Keep your eyes on Vatican-China relations in 2020
Happy New Year from Inside the Vatican! For our New Year’s Day episode, Gerry and I are taking a look back at some of the biggest Vatican stories of 2019. We start with February’s , which Gerry and I . We talk about the steps Pope Francis has...
16 min
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Pope Francis’ Christmas address to the Roman Curia
On Saturday, Pope Francis gave his annual Christmas speech to the Roman curia, which in past years has been the time that the pope speaks very clearly about where he thinks the curia needs improvement. In 2014, Pope Francis used his Christmas address...
16 min
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Francis abolishes pontifical secret for abuse c...
Yesterday morning, the Vatican announced that Pope Francis had , a confidentiality measure, in cases of sexual abuse of a minor or vulnerable person by clergy. This week on “Inside the Vatican,” Gerry and I explain what information will now be...
17 min
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Why was Fulton Sheen’s beatification postponed?
In this episode of “Inside the Vatican,” Gerry and I discuss the of Archbishop Fulton Sheen’s beatification. We talk about why the beatification was postponed indefinitely, and Gerry explains what happened the last time a beatification was...
18 min
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Pope Francis wants to add immorality of nukes t...
This week on “Inside the Vatican,” Gerry and I recap the pope’s visit to Thailand and Japan, which Gerry believes is “one for the history books.”   First up, in Thailand, the “,” Pope Francis received a warm welcome. Gerry and I...
19 min
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Introducing PLAGUE: Untold Stories of AIDS and ...
This week the team at Inside the Vatican are sharing a new podcast from America Media. In “,” America’s Michael O'Loughlin investigates stories of AIDS and the Catholic Church. The release of the first episode coincides with World AIDS Day. In...
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Pope Francis' plans for South Sudan, Japan, and...
This week, veteran Vatican reporter Gerard O'Connell speaks to Sebastian Gomes, who is filling in for Colleen Dulle. First, they discuss a possible papal trip to South Sudan. Second, they talk about the pope's confirmed trip in a few weeks to Japan...
15 min
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Update: Vatican investigates ‘opaque’ London re...
This week on “Inside the Vatican,” Gerry and I explain the latest developments in the Vatican’s into possible financial misconduct in the Vatican state department’s $200 million purchase of a building in an upscale London neighborhood....
27 min
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Amazon synod proposes married priests, stops sh...
The Amazon synod is finally over after approving its final document of suggestions for Pope Francis. This week on “Inside the Vatican,” Gerry and I unpack that document, and we dive into the specifics of its suggestion that the church ordain...
20 min
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Despite outside distractions, Amazon synod pres...
This week on “Inside the Vatican,” Gerry and I devote the entire episode to the , which just entered its final week. First, we discuss some of the in the synod hall, including the , a permanent human rights observatory in the region and Catholic...
21 min
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Amazon synod takes on big ideas in first week
This week on “Inside the Vatican,” Gerry and I update you on the , Commander Domenico Giani, who was nicknamed “the pope’s guardian angel.” Mr. Giani stepped down from his position after he was unable to identify who leaked Vatican security...
23 min
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Francis and Benedict stress loyalty in messages...
Last week, Vatican police as part of a . On this episode of “Inside the Vatican,” Gerry and I break down what we know and what questions remain about this raid—the first of its kind to have been made public by the Vatican.   Next up, Pope...
23 min
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Pope Francis meets James Martin, S.J.
On this episode of “Inside the Vatican,” Gerry and I discuss our colleague . It was the pair’s first extended conversation, though Pope Francis is familiar with Father Martin’s work and read his book on LGBT Catholics, Building a Bridge. Up...
17 min
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Who is going to the Amazon synod?
This week on “Inside the Vatican,” Gerry and I take a look at to the synod on the Amazon region. Who decides who goes to a synod, and what kinds of people do they look for? We talk about several of the high-profile guests and the viewpoints they...
24 min
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Can Pope Francis’ critics swing the next conclave?
This week on “Inside the Vatican,” Gerry and I discuss new comments by the Superior General of the Society of Jesus, Arturo Sosa, about . “The attacks against Pope Francis in the church today,” , are “a fight between those who want the...
26 min
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Pope Francis: “I am not afraid of schisms”
This week’s “Inside the Vatican” is all about Pope Francis’ trip to sub-Saharan Africa. First, Gerry will give us some context on the three nations the pope visited: , and . What sets these nations apart? Then, we’ll talk about what Pope...
19 min
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Pope Francis chooses 13 new cardinals in the ‘F...
This week on “Inside the Vatican,” Gerry and I update you on who next month. The surprise announcement came after the pope was for 25 minutes! In this episode, we break down who has been chosen for a red hat, and what these selections tell us...
20 min
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What does the pope do on vacation?
This week on “Inside the Vatican,” we’ll talk about the pope’s address to a group of theologians in Naples, which included a call for online learning opportunities for refugees who want to study theology. Then, we’ll update you on Cardinal...
18 min
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What would married priests in the Amazon region...
This week on Inside the Vatican, we talk about the U.S. bishops’ new resolutions on sexual abuse. How does the USCCB compare to other bishops conferences around the world? Then, we take a look at a new document prepared for the synod on the Amazon...
19 min
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Unpacking the Vatican’s document on gender iden...
This week on “Inside the Vatican,” Gerry and I unpack a the most comprehensive Vatican document on gender identity yet. The document, which was released by the Congregation for Education, seeks to address what it calls “an educational crisis”...
19 min
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BONUS: How this Jesuit leads the Vatican’s figh...
Introducing the Jesuitical podcast from America Media. This week, while Colleen and Gerry are out, the Jesuitical hosts interview Hans Zollner, S.J. Father Zollner has dedicated his life to protecting children from the horrific crime of sexual abuse....
13 min
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What did the popes know about McCarrick?
This week on “Inside the Vatican,” Gerry and I discuss the first four women to be named to the Vatican’s office for synods. We talk about who these women are, how women’s involvement in Vatican leadership is changing, and what positions may be...
21 min
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Is the pope a socialist?
This week on “Inside the Vatican,” Gerry and I unpack a recent confrontation between the Italian bishops and the pope, which came after the bishops failed to implement the pope’s 2015 annulment reforms. We talk about what those reforms were, and...
14 min
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Vatican issues new universal laws on sexual abuse
This week on “Inside the Vatican,” Gerry and I explain why the papal almoner climbed down a manhole this weekend to illegally restore electricity to 450 homeless people squatting in a building in Rome. We also explain who the papal almoner is, and...
20 min
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Is the church getting closer to introducing wom...
This week on “Inside the Vatican,” Gerry and I talk about three stories from Pope Francis’ trip to Bulgaria and North Macedonia. We’ll talk about what he did on that trip, as well as two stories he commented on during a press conference aboard...
23 min
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Pope Francis' big reforms to the Roman Curia ar...
This week on “Inside the Vatican,” Gerry and I update you on the situation in Sri Lanka following a series of explosions in churches and hotels there on Easter Sunday. Then, we’ll talk about the new editorial board of Women Church World. Will...
16 min
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Pope Benedict breaks his self imposed silence
This week on “Inside the Vatican,” Gerry and I talk briefly about the horrific fire at Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris. Then, we’ll update you on Pope Francis kissing the feet of South Sudanese leaders, and the importance of gestures like this...
18 min
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Two groundbreaking dialogues at the Vatican
This week on “Inside the Vatican,” Gerard O’Connell and I update you on Cardinal Sarah’s recent comments on migrants, which strike a different tone from what we’ve come to expect from Pope Francis. We also discuss why Pope Francis prefers to...
20 min
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Unpacking the pope’s document on young people
This week on “Inside the Vatican,” Gerard O’Connell and I take a look at the joint appeal Pope Francis signed with King Mohammed VI of Morocco to keep the city of Jerusalem and its holy sites open to people of all faiths. Then, we unpack some of...
17 min
135
Inside Lucetta Scaraffia’s resignation and Pope...
On the of “Inside the Vatican,” Gerry O’Connell and I brought you an interview with Lucetta Scaraffia, the editor of Women Church World, a monthly magazine that comes out with the Vatican’s daily newspaper, L’Osservatore Romano. On Tuesday,...
20 min
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How things are changing for women in the Vatican
Gerry’s out this week, so instead of following our usual format, this week we’re breaking out of the weekly news cycle to bring you an interview about a slow change that’s beginning for some really important people in the Vatican: Women. Lucetta...
12 min
137
Bishop accountability and Pope Francis' sixth a...
This week, we’ll update you on Cardinal Pell and several other high-profile cases of abuse. We’ll also talk about Pope Francis’ sixth anniversary as pope. Cardinal Pell was sentenced to six years in prison. He’ll be eligible for parole in...
18 min
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Secret archives, Cardinal Pell and the slow pro...
This week on “Inside the Vatican,” Gerry O’Connell and I update you on what has been happening since the sexual abuse summit. First, we take a look at on how to handle cases of sexual abuse, and how to put the proper structures in place in each...
19 min
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Deliver Us: a new podcast about the sex abuse c...
We talk a lot on this show about the church’s sexual abuse crisis, and while Gerry and I try to break down what’s new, we don’t often get to talk about the problems that are at the root of this scandal—or how hearing these stories over and...
32 min
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First day of sex abuse summit includes some sur...
This week on “Inside the Vatican” Gerry and I are in Rome covering the sexual abuse summit. So this week’s episode might sound a little different—you’ll hear the sounds of Rome, and some of the interviews that Gerry and I have been doing...
16 min
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Will a new book hijack coverage of the sexual a...
This week on Inside the Vatican, we’ll fill you in on Cardinal Muller’s , along with updates on the McCarrick case, preparations for next week’s summit on sexual abuse, and information on a bombshell book that threatens to overshadow that...
17 min
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The pope’s historic trip to Abu Dhabi
This week,  visited Abu Dhabi to meet with religious leaders at the Global Inter-Religious Meeting on Human Fraternity, a conference aimed at combating religious extremism. Where the pope chooses to visit will always be significant. But what...
16 min
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Pope Francis is open to married priests—in some...
Whenever Pope Francis goes on a trip somewhere around the world, he usually invites journalists to join him on the papal plane, and he’ll spend a few minutes taking questions from them. Pretty much every subject is on the table, and some of the...
14 min
144
How World Youth Day is changing the church
This week on “Inside the Vatican” we look at why the Vatican seems to be lowering expectations for its upcoming international summit on sexual abuse. Then, we talk about World Youth Day, which is being held in Panama this week. Gerry has covered...
14 min
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Vatican commission's research confirms that wom...
This week on “,” we explore the topic of women deacons. We feature some clips from America’s with two members of the Vatican’s commission to research in the early church. Then, Rome correspondent Gerry O’Connell and I unpack what Pope...
18 min
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Changes and preparations ahead of the summit on...
As 2019 begins, all eyes in the Vatican are turned towards the upcoming , and recent weeks have brought a number of stories that reveal how Pope Francis aims to lead the church on this issue. First, the Vatican confirmed this past weekend that it is...
15 min
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2018 Vatican News Roundup
This week before “Inside the Vatican” goes on break, we are giving you a round-up of this year’s top Vatican news—and digging into the questions that remain about these stories going into the new year. We examine whether Pope Francis’...
22 min
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Did Pope Francis change his mind on gay priests...
we look at Pope Francis’  His new book on consecrated life, “The Strength of a Vocation,” is based on a long interview and Pope Francis has a number of quotations that have made headlines around the world. “The issue of homosexuality...
15 min
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Will the Vatican’s sexual abuse summit make a d...
we take a look at the  that will plan the Vatican’s upcoming, high-stakes summit on sexual abuse. One committee member, Cardinal Oswald Gracias of India, told  in October that the meeting “will be successful, or it will be a...
16 min
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The Sex Abuse Crisis and Catholic Infighting
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Are the bishops stalling or taking the time to ...
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Who knew what when about former Cardinal McCarr...
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The Synod on Young People is not over
This week on “,” America’s new Vatican news explainer podcast, producer Colleen Dulle and Vatican correspondent Gerard O’Connell unpack the . The main takeaway from the , Gerry says, is the method of listening, discussing and discerning that...
24 min
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Why might Pope Francis go to North Korea?
In the first episode of Inside the Vatican, producer Colleen Dulle and Vatican correspondent Gerard O'Connell give an update on the Synod on Young People, Archbishop Viganò's third letter and relations between the Holy See and North and South Korea....
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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...
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