Posts Tagged ‘new cardinals’

Pope advises new cardinals: No boring speeches

Monday, October 7th, 2019

Pope Francis’s advice to the Church’s 13 new cardinals is straightforward: “Proclaim the true word, not boring speeches no one understands.” Francis made the comments in his homily at the consistory Mass at St Peter’s Basilica last Saturday. All 13 of the new cardinals share Francis’s pastoral concerns at a time when conservatives within the Read more

Pope names 13 new cardinals

Monday, September 2nd, 2019

Pope Francis has named 13 new cardinals, including 10 who will be eligible to vote in a future conclave. The cardinals-elect will be installed at next month’s consistory. Many of those the pope named have reputations as progressives on social issues such as immigration and share his support of dialogue with non-Christians. Several come from Read more

Port Moresby welcomes back its new cardinal

Tuesday, December 13th, 2016

Cardinal Sir John Ribat made his first public appearance, after being made a cardinal, on Sunday November 27 at the Jack Pidik Park, during the 50th anniversary ceremonies of the Port Moresby Catholic Archdiocese. The number attending the celebration was variously reported to be to 1000 and 20,000 and people from other mainline churches. Government Read more

Ribat not sharing communion with Protestants painful

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2016

Sir John Ribat, the newly appointed cardinal from Papua New Guinea says both Catholics and Protestants have to live with they pain they have because they cannot share Holy Communion during Mass. “But that for the moment this is what they all have to live with as they push towards full Christian Unity.” he added 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

Papua New Guineans of all denominations proud of John Ribat

Friday, October 14th, 2016

“Ours is a deeply Christian nation, and regardless of denomination, all Papua New Guinean Christians can be proud of our first Cardinal, Sir John Ribat,” said Papua New Guinea’s prime minister Peter O’Neill. O’Neill said the elevation of Ribat to Cardinal on November 19 will be a time of national pride. “We congratulate Sir John Read more

Pope names 17 New cardinals – mainly from far and away

Tuesday, October 11th, 2016

Pope Francis has named 17 new Cardinals. 13 of them be under 80 years and so eligible to vote in a conclave. Eleven come from places that have never had a cardinal. While historically cardinals have come from certain larger cities known for their Catholic populations or global importance Pope Francis has chosen men from places long Read more

Archbishop John Ribat is named PNG’s first Cardinal

Tuesday, October 11th, 2016

The archbishop of Port Moresby, Sir John Ribat, is one of 17 new Cardinals named by Pope Francis. Ribat said the appointment came as a surprise as he never thought nor dreamt of it. “If it is the will of God, then may he give me his grace and strength to fulfil this course and carry Read more

What’s in name: Sōane Patita Paini Mafi

Friday, May 15th, 2015

In his first public speech in Tonga, Cardinal Mafi told thousands of listeners that he believed he had become the Catholic church’s youngest cardinal because he was named after John the Baptist. Mafi was responding to a question asked by many Tongans when news about his elevation broke in the kingdom: How did the tiny Read more

Cardinal John surprised by level of interest in his appointment

Friday, March 6th, 2015

Today, Friday 6 March, a liturgical reception will take place in the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart in Wellington to formally welcome Cardinal John Dew back from Rome. An open invitation has been made to anyone who wishes to attend. The Evening Prayer of the church will be prayed and light refreshments will follow. Cardinal Read more