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Inside the VaticanJune 29, 2023
Bishop Richard F. Stika of Knoxville, Tenn., is seen at the Vatican Dec. 3, 2019. Bishop Stika offered prayers April 13, 2021, after a shooting the day before at a Knoxville public school in his diocese, but he also urged U.S. communities to come together "to find positive solutions to this ongoing problem in our country." (CNS photo/Vatican Media)

Two U.S. dioceses recently had visits from Vatican investigators, and one led to the resignation of Bishop Richard Stika, who is a decade shy of the standard retirement age for bishops. This week on “Inside the Vatican,” Colleen and Gerry unpack what these official reviews mean. After that, the hosts look at some of the younger bishops Pope Francis recently appointed to lead major dioceses.

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In the second half of this episode—the last before the podcast’s summer hiatus—Gerry and Colleen give a preview of Pope Francis’ summer plans. Although the pope’s audiences have been cancelled for the month of July, Pope Francis is still planning to travel to World Youth Day in Portugal in early August and then to Mongolia Aug. 31 to Sept. 4. Will he heed his doctor’s orders to rest as he continues to recover from abdominal surgery?

Update 07/01023: After this episode was published, the Vatican announced that Pope Francis had appointed Archbishop Victor Manuel Fernandez the next head of the Dicastery for the Doctrine of the Faith. Read Gerry's reporting on this crucial appointment here.

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