Vatican City reported its first case of coronavirus last week after a non-Vatican resident passed through its medical center for a routine medical evaluation. Over the weekend, the Italian government announced a total lockdown and a ban on public gatherings, advising residents not to leave their homes. On “Inside the Vatican” this week, America’s Vatican correspondent Gerard O’Connell details what it’s like living in Rome under the lockdown and how the Holy See and the pope are handling the crisis.
The Vatican has also announced that the 2022 synod of bishops will focus on the theme of “synodality.” Gerry and I explain what synodality is, where the idea came from, and why Pope Francis is choosing to hold what some have jokingly called a “meta-synod.”
We also give an update on Cardinal George Pell’s final appeal, which will be brought to Australia’s High Court this week.
Links from the show:
- Watch Pope Francis’ daily Santa Marta Masses
- The Vatican reports first case of coronavirus
- Following Italy’s lead, Vatican to begin strong measures to counteract coronavirus
- Pope Francis will hold Angelus and public audience via video streaming in response to coronavirus concerns
- Delivering Angelus by video, Pope Francis expresses closeness to all affected by coronavirus
- Pope Francis chooses ‘synodality’ as theme for 2022 synod