More Red Hats in Rome

Rocco Palma has a good and full report on today’s consistory in Rome. Go here. To kick off his introduction of the new cardinals Rocco quotes Pope Francis:

In the days following the unprecedented election of an American Pope, the choice’s explanation of the name he picked ricocheted in the church and beyond alike….

Francis of Assisi. For me, he is the man of poverty, the man of peace, the man who loves and protects creation; these days we do not have a very good relationship with creation, do we? He is the man who gives us this spirit of peace, the poor man … How I would like a Church which is poor and for the poor!

Some months later, in a speech to the Nuncios, another key indicator….

In the delicate task of carrying out [the preparation of] episcopal appointments, be careful that the candidates are pastors close to the people: this is the first criterion. Pastors close to the people. He is a great theologian, has a learned mind? Let him go to university where he will do such great good! Pastors! We need them! May they be fathers and brothers, may they be gentle, patient and merciful; may they love poverty, interior poverty, as freedom for the Lord, and exterior poverty, as well as simplicity and a modest lifestyle; may they not have the mindset of “princes”.

Go here to meet the new cardinals of our church. John Allen reports on the consistory and the rest of the week’s Vatican news here.