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Apr 15, 2020

In his Easter messages, Pope Francis came out in support of a universal basic wage, relaxing economic sanctions, and forgiving the debts of poor countries. This week on the “Inside the Vatican” podcast, veteran Vatican reporter Gerard O’Connell joins producer Colleen Dulle to talk about these policies and to look back at the response to St. John Paul II’s call for debt forgiveness in 2000.

Colleen and Gerry also take a look at the new commission to study women deacons, which they reported on in print last week. The new commission features no members of the first commission to study women deacons and instead includes more obscure scholars. On the show, the hosts take a look at how these commission members are chosen.

Finally, Pope Francis gave his first interview to the English-language media last week. Gerry and Colleen review their takeaways from the interview.

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Links from the show:

In Easter message, Pope Francis proposes ‘universal basic wage’

In Easter ‘Urbi et Orbi’ address, Pope Francis calls for an end to indifference

Pope Francis has set up a new commission to study women deacons

Pope Francis on Living with COVID-19

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