Earlier this month a false report that Italian police had arrested the pope amid a Vatican “blackout” was widely shared on the internet.
Angelo Caloia, 81, was president of the Institute for Religious Works, also known by its Italian initials, IOR, from 1989 to 2009.
Heroic virtue is one of the requirements for beatification in the Catholic Church.
On Joe Biden’s Inauguration Day, Pope Francis Prays President Will Respect ‘Dignity of Every Person’
Biden, a Catholic, was sworn into office as the 46th president of the United States outside the U.S. Capitol Building in Washington, D.C. Jan. 20.
Pope Francis said that this year’s Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, held on Jan. 18-25, is “dedicated specifically to this: to ask God for the gift of unity to overcome the scandal of division between believers in Jesus.”
The Vatican issued the statement on the day that Italian judges had been due to rule on whether to allow Marogna’s extradition.
In the video, sent to the virtual two-day meeting focused on priestly ministry during the coronavirus crisis, Pope Francis encouraged priests and bishops to minister to “renew the gift of yourselves to the Lord and to his holy people” during the pandemic.
In a message addressed to King’s daughter, Bernice A. King, Pope Francis said that it was imperative to see people “in the truth of our shared dignity as children of Almighty God.”
Speaking from the library of the Vatican’s Apostolic Palace, the pope said that each time that God calls someone it is “an initiative of His love.”