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By di Sandro Magister, L’Espresso, April 7, 2022

Settimo CieloThere’s enough and then some in these last two acts of Francis’s pontificate, the disjointed reform of the curia and the surreal trial over the financial disasters of the secretariat of state, to understand what poor shape it is in as it heads into the sunset, and on none other than two key points of the agenda that the conclave of 2013 had entrusted to the new pope taken “from the end of the earth.”

That conclave will go down in history as the most mediocre and mundane of the last century, played out over garden-variety issues such as the powers of the curia, distaste for Italian candidates, rivalries between center and periphery, financial setbacks. In other words, those same issues that had clouded Benedict XVI’s pontificate and pushed aside the priorities he preached tirelessly to a Church too distracted to grasp their seriousness. …

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