Posts Tagged ‘Cardinals’

Women Cardinals

Thursday, April 28th, 2022
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Pope Francis is reorganizing the Vatican Curia — the church’s administrators and his senior staff — and may name new cardinals in June. Francis’ new apostolic constitution, “Praedicate Evangelium” (“Preach the Gospel”), issued last month, noted that the heads of dicasteries and other offices that manage the church need not be ordained. This highlighted Francis’ Read more

The church needs women cardinals

Monday, August 3rd, 2020
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Two weeks back, La Croix and The Tablet both reported on an interview with the president of the French bishops’ conference, Archbishop Éric de Moulins-Beaufort. During the interview, he envisioned that “the Holy See will one day be led by the Pope surrounded by a college of cardinals in which there would be women.” The Read more

Red Hat Report to audit world’s cardinals

Thursday, October 4th, 2018

Popularly dubbed The Red Hat Report, a new organisation backed by wealthy Catholics is planning to spend $1 million over the next 12 months to evaluate cardinals across the world on the way they handle accusations of clerical sex abuse or cover-up. The Better Church Governance Group aims to compile dossiers “in the manner of Read more

Why cardinals have ranks, and how Pope Francis changed them

Thursday, June 28th, 2018

Pope Francis made an unexpected change Tuesday in the structure of the College of Cardinals, adding some curial officials to the rank of “cardinal bishops,” the highest rank within the college. The College of Cardinals is structured in three orders, or ranks: the order of “cardinal deacons,” the order of “cardinal priests,” and the order Read more

Fourteen new cardinals named

Monday, May 21st, 2018

Fourteen new cardinals have been named by Pope Francis. The new cardinals include prelates based in Madagascar, Peru, Mexico and Japan as well as Iraq and Pakistan, where Christians are a vulnerable minority. “The countries of provenance express the universality of the church, which continues to announce the merciful love of God to all men Read more

Pope’s cardinal picks could make the next conclave a wild ride

Thursday, July 6th, 2017
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Typically speaking, about the most important thing any cardinal of the Catholic Church will ever do is to help pick a pope. As a result, one time-honored way of evaluating consistories, the events in which popes create new cardinals, is in terms of what they portend for the choice of that pope’s successor. Applying that Read more

5 very diverse new cardinals announced – none Italian

Monday, May 22nd, 2017

The names of five new cardinals from five very different countries were announced yesterday. Pope Francis says on 28 June he will hold a consistory to appoint the cardinals,  who come from El Salvador, Laos, Mali, Spain and Sweden. They will add diversity to the church, Francis says. Apart from Spain, none of the countries Read more

Seventeen new Cardinals named

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2016

Seventeen new Cardinals were named on Saturday. They come from all over the world and a range of backgrounds. The Pope Francis has now chosen 44 cardinal electors. That’s about a third of the number allowed by Church Law to choose his successor. Thirteen of his newest Cardinals are under the age of 80.  While Read more

Fr Ernest Simoni: the only non-bishop among new cardinals

Friday, October 14th, 2016

“I am a poor priest and my only richness is Christ,” are the words that his Italian biographer, Mimmo Muolo, retains of Cardinal-designate Ernest Simoni, hero of the Gospel under the Albanian Communist regimes, who endured condemnation to death and was a slave labourer for almost 30 years. Father Ernest Simoni is the only non-bishop on Read more

Cardinal Sarah and failures at the college of cardinals

Friday, June 10th, 2016

The ability, or even tendency, to make stupid remarks is not, at least officially, a prerequisite for being made a curial cardinal. But neither does it seem to hurt the odds of one’s wearing a red biretta around Rome. In 2011, a Spanish bishop claimed that Cardinal Ennio Antonelli, then head of the Pontifical Council Read more