Musings on a big Saturday on the Vatican news beat

Crux | 5/27/2018 | Staff
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There’s no such thing as a slow news day in the Pope Francis era, and Saturday brought triumphant proof of the point. Three things happened, all with important Catholic consequences - two initiated by the pontiff himself, and one that came crashing in on him from the outside.

Francis named Cardinal-designate Giovanni Becciu, who’s served since 2011 as the “substitute,” or all-important number two official in the Secretariat of State since 2011, as the new prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints.

Vatican - Francis - Sicily - September - Anniversary

The Vatican announced that Francis will visit Sicily in September to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the death of Father Giuseppe “Pino” Puglisi, Italy’s most famous anti-mafia priest, who was assassinated by mob gunmen in 1993.

An official count confirmed that Irish voters have overwhelmingly chosen to pave the way for the legalization of abortion in a national referendum on Friday.

Development - Meaning - Rest - Things - Rundown

Each development is fraught with meaning, some of which can be unpacked now, and the rest will depend on how things play out. Here’s a quick rundown of what’s at stake.

Becciu’s move to the Congregation for Saints was widely expected after Francis announced on May 20 that the 69-year-old from Italy’s Piedmont region would be made a cardinal. In the world of the Vatican, it’s simply intolerable that one cardinal would work for another, meaning that Becciu had to leave the Secretariat of State led by Cardinal Pietro Parolin.

Saints - Landing - Place - Cardinal - Angelo

Saints was the most logical landing place, since it’s currently led by Italian Cardinal Angelo Amato, who’s held the post for a decade and who turns 80 on June 8, well beyond the normal retirement age of 75. The job is often something of a reward for long curial service; Amato, for instance, got it after serving as a top deputy to then-Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, later Pope emeritus Benedict XVI, in...
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