Pope Francis to cardinals: new roles are not a ‘promotion’

Vatican City, Jan 13, 2014 / 03:44 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- In a letter addressed to the 19 men who will be made cardinals during a February consistory, Pope Francis said that the role of a cardinal is not a “decoration,” but rather a “service” to the Church. In his Jan. 13 letter to the cardinal-elects, the Pope extended his greetings to his brother bishops, guaranteeing them of his “closeness and prayer.” “It is my hope,” he stated, “that … [Read more...]

At 98, previous secretary of John XXIII among new cardinals

Vatican City, Jan 13, 2014 / 12:55 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Loris Francesco Capovilla, among the 19 new cardinals appointed by Pope Francis, is not only one of the longest-serving archbishops in the world but was John XXIII's secretary for the entirety of his pontificate. Pope Francis made a surprise announcement during his Sunday Angelus on Jan. 12, giving the names of those who will be created cardinals next month. He emphasized that those chosen hail “from 12 countries from every … [Read more...]

Argentine bishop offers prayers for lightning strike victims

Buenos Aires, Argentina, Jan 13, 2014 / 12:22 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Bishop Antonio Marino of Mar de Plata in Argentina has offered prayers for those killed or injured by a recent lightning strike at a beach club in the town of Villa Gesell in the province of Buenos Aires. The lightning strike occurred Jan. 9 during a thunderstorm, killing four people and injuring more than 20. Witnesses said the damage could have been worse had beachgoers not taken shelter from the heavy downpour. Bishop … [Read more...]

New cardinals highlight Global South, pastoral experience

Vatican City, Jan 13, 2014 / 11:26 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The 19 men chosen to be named cardinals in February stress Pope Francis' attention on the peripheries of the Church, and that appointment to a major diocese no longer automatically comes with a “red hat.” The 19 will be elevated to cardinal at a consistory held Feb. 22; three will be over the age of 80, and thus ineligible to vote in the election of the next Pope. Of the 16 voting cardinals, nine come from South … [Read more...]

God has a ‘handmade’ love for everyone, says Pope

Vatican City, Jan 13, 2014 / 09:15 am (CNA).- Pope Francis’ Monday morning homily centered on the theme of God’s profound and unique love for each person. “I like to think that the Lord might have the feelings of a couple who is expecting a child: he waits.  He always waits for us in this history, and then accompanies us during history. This is the eternal love of the Lord: eternal, but concrete!  It is also a ‘handmade’ love, because he makes history, … [Read more...]


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