Heads are expected to roll within the Vatican bureaucracy now that newly proclaimed Pope Francis has opened the 300-page report on the Vatileaks scandal that he inherited from Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI. Sensing the gargantuan task ahead, the 266th pontiff has asked in his first Twitter message for the people around the world to continue praying for him.
Over the weekend, the Vatican said Pope Francis had confirmed all staff in their present posts, but these are all only for temporary.
"The Holy Father wishes to leave some time for reflection, prayer, and dialogue before any final appointment or confirmation is made," a Vatican statement said.
Many around the world, believers and non-believers of the Catholic faith, are all eyes on the new pope as they await his next crucial steps in trying to cleanse the secular religion of the crisis that continues to pound it which have disappointed and led many to renounce their faith and belief.
At present, the most vital change that is being waited upon is the identity of the new secretary of state, or the Vatican prime minister as he will be expected to lead the reform of the Curia, or the Vatican bureaucracy.
"Many are waiting for a reform of the Roman Curia and I'm pretty certain that Francis will do it, and will do in the light of the Word, of essentiality, of simplicity and of the humility required by the Gospel," Brazilian Cardinal Claudio Hummes told the Italian newspaper Avvenire.
The Vatileaks scandal hit 2012 reached iconic publicity propaganda status when former Benedict XVI's butler was caught not only stealing but also feeding highly sensitive documents to the press. Those documents revealed alleged corruption, infighting as well as nepotism within the Curia, the Vatican's governing body.
Benedict XVI, when he resigned, decided it would be up to his successor to decide the fate of the present Curia.
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