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Pope Francis Reorganizes The Vatican Curia To Better Deal With The Migrant Crisis Facing The World.

by Anura Guruge


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‘Cor Unum’ mentioned above essentially dealt with charity work. So Pope Francis is taking 4 dicasteries (i.e., curial departments) that in one way or another dealt with humanitarian issues and merging them into a new dicastery with an emphasis on the new migrant crisis.

This new dicastery will be headed by the Ghanaian Cardinal Peter Turkson — once considered, imporbably, to be a papabile.

My collaborator on these matters papal, Louis Epstein, tells me that he takes this news as an indication that Francis is unlikely to retire soon.


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by Anura Guruge

Didn’t Take Me Long To Jump Straight Back Into The Papabili (Post Francis) & Cardinalabili Fray.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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Given that the new pope, Francis (#267), was only elected in March of this year — there will be those that think it is borderline sacrilegious to start thinking about the Next Pope.

But, I was (and probably always will be as f now), ‘Mr. Next Pope’. The Pope Is Dead, Long Live The Pope.

Somebody has to make sure that we always keep an eye on the future — and I accept that responsibility. Always good to have contingency lists. it wasn’t that long ago that we had a pope, much younger than this one, who only lasted 33 days.

I am also back doing cardinalabili lists; i.e., trying to predict future cardinals — though I do this with the help of experts like Louis Epstein and Darien C. Clark. But, over the last 4 years my ‘pope-and-papacy’ blog got famous for its cardinalabili lists. So I we are back in the hunt.

I am NOT going to spend as much time on the pope blog as I have done in the past. I am going to continue focusing on writing and publishing books. But, it would have been a waste to throw away the pope capital I had built up over the last 6 years.

Until Created Cardinal, Archbishop Pietro Parolin, Will Be PRO-Secretary Of State, Holy See, Not Secretary Of State.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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Click to access original Vatican announcement.

Click to access original Vatican announcement.


In their excitement to break the news the media is losing sight of two key points.

First: Appointment is as of October 15, 2013; not immediate.

Second: Only a CARDINAL can be Secretary of State, Holy See. Pietro Parolin is not a cardinal as yet — though now a cardinalate is guaranteed. ‘Pro-‘, in Latin, means ‘acting’. So until he becomes a cardinal his official title is Pro-. This is true for the heads of nearly all of the important curial dicasteries. You have to be a cardinal in order to officially head them. If not, you can still hold the office, but not the title!

That it is ‘Pro-‘ is not a problem. Quite a few Secretaries of State started off as Pro-, including the current Dean of the College, the holder of three Roman titles (churches), Angelo Sodano.

What is funny is that just yesterday I started thinking about cardinalabili and the next consistory now that my work on comets was coming to an end. November has traditionally been popular for consistories. A November consistory would work. But, then again Pope Francis, not that interested in tradition, might take my recommendation and just have a micro-consistory and just create Parolin.

I, a confirmed pedant, especially when it comes to papal history, just wanted to make sure that we all had the facts right.

I am, of course, sorry to see the departure of ‘my man’, My Lord, Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, who in my opinion (and I do follow curial politics better than most) was an outstanding Secretary of State. Thank YOU, Lord Bertone for all of your wonderful work, non-stop inspiration and for being a good and decent human being.



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