VATICAN INSIDER: FR. MARK LEWIS OF GREGORIAN UNIVERSITY – COUNCIL OF CARDINALS REFLECTS ON LIFE OF CHURCH IN PANDEMIC

Weekly English edition of L’Osservatore Romano: ING_2021_019_0705.pdf (osservatoreromano.va)

VATICAN INSIDER: FR. MARK LEWIS OF GREGORIAN UNIVERSITY

This week I feature Part II of my conversation with Fr. Mark Lewis, vice rector for Academics at the Jesuit-run Gregorian University in Rome. He tells us about his background and how he got to Rome and the Gregorian. He also teaches Church history at this venerable, centuries-old academic institution located in the very center of Rome.

You’ll learn about Father’s specific work at the university, how it reflects the universal Church in its teaching staff and student body and how the Greg – as we in Rome call the university – has dealt with the pandemic – everything from classes online requiring new technology to turn-styles that measure the temperature of those entering the university. I also ask Father why he thinks Pope Francis was the first ever Jesuit to be elected to the papacy when other cardinals of other orders – Dominicans, Franciscans, etc – have been elected.

By the way, many buildings in Rome are very old and have very large rooms with unusually high ceilings and nothing to soften sound waves – thus an acoustic nightmare. And that explains the echo in this and other interviews I’ve done.

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COUNCIL OF CARDINALS REFLECTS ON LIFE OF CHURCH IN PANDEMIC

The Council of Cardinals discuss the impact of the Covid-19 crisis around the world, and the Church’s response to it, during a virtual meeting held on Thursday afternoon. The also continue talks on the upcoming Apostolic Constitution which will focus on the organization of the Roman Curia.

By Vatican News staff reporter

In a meeting held virtually on Thursday afternoon, members of the Council of Cardinals shared their experiences of the “economic and social consequences” of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, and discussed “the Church’s commitment to health, economic recovery and the support offered to those most in need.”

Pope Francis took part in the meeting from his residence in the Casa Santa Marta, while the other members of the Council – Cardinals Oscar Rodriguez Maradiaga, Reinhard Marx, Sean Patrick O’Malley, Oswald Gracias, and Fridolin Ambongo Besungo – joined the conversation from their respective countries. Cardinals Pietro Parolin and Giuseppe Bertello, along with the council’s secretary, Bishop Marco Mellino, were connected from the Vatican. (Vatican media file photo)

After considering the current situation in their various regions, the members of the council turned their attention to the forthcoming Apostolic Constitution, which will deal with the organization of the Roman Curia. A note from the Holy See Press Office explained that the cardinals discussed “the working methodology that will have to be implemented for the revision and correction of some normative texts” after the new document takes effect.

They also addressed several “further perspectives opened up by the text under development.”

The next meeting of the Council of Cardinals is scheduled for June of this year.