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Gerard O’Connell is America’s Vatican correspondent.
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Cardinal Parolin, 65, was admitted for surgery for an enlarged prostate, common in men over 50, and it is expected to leave the hospital in a few days.
 Pope Francis greets Iraqi President Barham Salih at the Vatican Jan. 25, 2020. The Vatican has confirmed Pope Francis will visit Iraq March 5-8. (CNS photo/Vatican Media)
FaithVatican Dispatch
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Vatican sources acknowledge the visit, which Pope Francis has long hoped for, is “risky” under current conditions.
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Cardinal Fitzgerald noted that Francis took inspiration for the encyclical not only from St. Francis of Assisi but also from the Grand Imam of al-Azhar, Ahmad Al-Tayyeb.
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“The church is in the middle of a seismic change as it moves to a more synodal and discerning approach under the leadership of Pope Francis.”
The Chinese national flag is pictured in a file photo in front of a Catholic church in the village of Huangtugang. (CNS photo/Thomas Peter, Reuters)
Politics & SocietyVatican Dispatch
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China has gained international prestige because of its relations with the Vatican. The Holy See should now seek to obtain more concrete results from its deal with Beijing.
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Vatican authorities, the U.S. bishops conference and the apostolic nuncio heard scattered allegations about misconduct by McCarrick but discounted them because their sources were considered unreliable.
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Pope Francis has made another critical decision in the ongoing reform of Vatican finances.
Pope Francis greets Bishop Cornelius Sim, apostolic vicar of Brunei, during his "ad limina" visit to the Vatican in this Feb. 8, 2018, file photo. Bishop Sim was among 13 new cardinals named by Pope Francis Oct. 25. (CNS photo/Vatican Media)
FaithVatican Dispatch
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The primacy of the church at the peripheries has been a key theme in Francis’ selection of cardinals. He has used the cardinalate to reach communities in countries that are experiencing poverty, conflict and political tension.
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The new cardinals will bring the total number of cardinal electors to 128, of whom 73 will have been appointed by Pope Francis.
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Many are wondering after the lack of response by the Vatican to questions raised about what Pope Francis actually said about civil unions.