Bergoglio continues firmly the process of reformation of the Curia. His attention, however, is on the whole world. This is what Monsignor Angelo Becciu, Substitute of the State Secretary, said in an interview with the Vatican Radio in which he narrated Pontiff’s year 2015. A year of joys but also of pain and worries. On the topic of the investigation connected to Vatileaks 2, the Prelate says: “First of all, this story made the Pope suffer a lot. At the same time, however, it has not bent him: it gave us an example of serenity, courage and has communicated us the need and desire to keep going, not to be influenced by the negative events which happen around us and especially by this story that has happened. To this regard, I would like to say and I would like to point out that the two people who are accused of having divulged the documents have certainly abused Pope’s trust and have failed stick to commitment they had made with an oath to keep secret the papers they were going to handle”.
Becciu talks also about the journalists involved in the investigation, Gianluigi Nuzzi ( author of Via Crucis) and Emiliano Fittipaldi (author of Greed): “There are also two journalists accused of having spread the news in an incorrect manner. On this point I would like to clarify what follows: journalists have the right to publish the news they receive, no doubt… because lately the Vatican has been often accused of being obscurantist and of using inquisitorial methods. This is not a matter of questioning their right to spread news. There are rather doubts about their methods, the manner in which they have received the news! There is an ongoing process, the process will clarify these doubts”.
Among the joys of 2015, Monsignor. Becciu recalls the moment when the Jubilee of Mercy was announced: “What struck me and what I keep in my memory is the moment when the Pope communicated it to me and manifested his intention to indict a Holy Year. I saw so much joy in him, joy because he was, and still is, aware of offering the world a unique opportunity: to experience the mercy of God. Also having chosen the various Holy Doors points to the Holy Father’s desire to expand to everyone – everyone! – the possibility to enjoy the benefits the Holy Year must offer. He does not worry about huge crowds in Rome. He is rather concerned that everyone can have the possibility and the ease to experience goodness, the merciful love of God”.
2015 was also the year of the Synod of the family with an appeal to synodality. “It is certainly a wish, but I would say that it is not easy: it is not easy to transmit this message and live it. But I see a lot of goodwill around. We must move from a vertical conception of the to a ‘comunional’ church, – Becciu says – knowing to combine elements of hierarchy and communion. This means to let the spirit in, the art of communion in our different facilities, in a system of assemblies: in the parish pastoral council; in the diocese, the council of priests and the diocesan pastoral council; the same way as the Pope exercises and helps to live in a spirit of “communion” when the Synod is convened. Even the episcopal conferences in their assemblies”.
“For us – Monsignor Becciu stresses – it is important to express our opinions and the Pope wants every believer to feel responsible during the processes of preparation of the document or of the decision points. But living synodically, living these moments “comunionally” means to feel the freedom to express their opinions and, at the same time, having the freedom and detachment of one’s own views to accommodate those of others”. On the topic of the reforms, the prelate recalled that “the Pope – he repeated it several times – has decided to continue the reformation of the Curia. It has been decided and is giving important rhythms. At the same time, however, we would wrong the Pope if we said that the only concern of the Pope is a reform of the Curia. He observes the whole world and there are so many other problems… We realize, even leaving our buildings, how the world needs to be evangelized: de-Christianization advances inexorably and we see how the values of the Church are marginalized and ignored. All those things worry the Pope! And let us not forget Christians persecuted worldwide. Yes, let us strive to restructure the Curia, but we try not to turn in on ourselves too, we broaden our gaze to the whole world and feel the need to spread the Word of God”. Yes, let us see to the reformation of the Curia, but let us not focus on ourselves, let us look beyond, at the whole world and let us feel the urgency to spread the Word of God.