Pope Francis announces names of 19 new cardinals

From the Vatican news site:  After the Angelus on Sunday, Pope Francis announced the names of those who will be created Cardinals at the upcoming situation. Below, please find the full text of the Holy Father’s announcement: As was previously announced, on February 22, the Feast of the Chair of Peter, I will have the [Read More...]

Pope shoots down idea of women cardinals: “Women must be valued, not clericalised”

Details from National Catholic Reporter:  Pope Francis has denied rumors that he intends to name women as cardinals in the Catholic church, telling a prominent Italian newspaper he was unsure where the idea, which has circulated in recent weeks, had come from. “I don’t know where any such an idea came from,” the pope told [Read More...]

Why you shouldn’t believe those reports about a woman cardinal—UPDATED WITH VATICAN REACTION

Photo: Fr. Yiu Sing Lucas Chan This report is gaining traction, from the Sunday Times of London: An Irish woman is being tipped internationally to be the Catholic church’s first female cardinal. If speculation in the Washington Post and Catholic media proves correct, Linda Hogan, 49, the vice-provost of Trinity College Dublin would be eligible [Read More...]

Help wanted: Pope. Job requirements include…

If you wonder what the cardinals will be looking for when they gather in the Sistine Chapel next month, well, they’ve already narrowed their requirements. Details from CNS:  One task facing the College of Cardinals already has been completed: A job description for the Catholic Church’s chief evangelizer already is written. He must be humble, [Read More...]

A future pope?

I’m thinking: yes.  I’m liking this fellow.  A lot. Catholic News Service has details of the young cardinal-designate: The youngest of six cardinals announced Oct. 24 is widely lauded for his theological gifts and his humility. Cardinal-designate Luis Tagle, 55, of Manila, Philippines, “really takes care of people … he’s so simple and generous and [Read More...]

Worth a thousand words

This one is making the Twitter rounds: Berlin’s new Cardinal Rainier Maria Woelki takes a moment during last week’s festivities in Rome to check soccer scores on his iPhone. [Read more...]

Cardinal Dolan — UPDATED

Yes, as many expected, he’s getting the red hat. The list: Fernando Filoni, prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples; Manuel Montiero de Castro, Major Penitentiary of the Roman Church; Santos Abril y Castelló, archpriest of St Mary Major; Antonio Maria Veglió, president of the Pontifical Council for Migrants and Refugees; Giuseppe Bertello, [Read More...]