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June 19, 2018

Pope Francis names 14 new Cardinals

  Pope Francis has elevated 14 churchmen from five continents to the rank of cardinal, picking candidates who work with the poor or where Catholics are in a minority and putting his stamp on the group that will elect his successor. Making the surprise announcement during his weekly Sunday address, the pope said the new cardinals came from Italy, Spain, Portugal, Poland, Iraq, Pakistan, Japan, Madagascar, Peru, Mexico and Bolivia. They will be given their traditional red hats at a ceremony known as a consistory on June 29. Eleven of the group are under 80, the age limit for entering…

Pope urges new cardinals not to let nomination go to their heads

Pope urges new cardinals not to let nomination go to their heads Writing to the 20 new cardinals he will create in February, Pope Francis said they should graciously accept that their friends, family and faithful will want to celebrate, but they also should ensure that the celebrations are not exaggerated. “As good Christians, they will celebrate because Christians rejoice and know how to celebrate,” the pope wrote. “Accept it with humility. Only do so in a way that in these celebrations there does not creep in a spirit of worldliness that intoxicates more than grappa on an empty stomach,…

Shun intrigue, cliques of royal Court, Pope urges new Cardinals

Pope Francis urged Cardinals, who make up the top echelon of the Roman Catholic Church, to shun the intrigue, gossip and cliques typical of a royal court. Since his election nearly a year ago, Francis has often told his top aides not to live or behave like a privileged class.  The eight-year papacy of his predecessor, Benedict, was marked by mishaps and missteps, which were often blamed on a dysfunctional Vatican bureaucracy and intrigue befitting a Renaissance court. Francis celebrated  Mass with 18 of the 19 new Cardinals who were elevated to that rank at the weekend.  One could not…

Pope appoints 19 new cardinals

“ Your appointments are not promotion” – Pope Francis Pope Francis appointed 19 new cardinals of the Catholic church on Sunday January 12 but none from Nigeria. However, two of the Cardinals are from Africa-Ivory Coast and  Burkina Faso. Since he was chosen in March last year to lead the Catholic church, Francis has made significant changes at the Vatican, rejecting the luxury vehicles of his predecessor Pope Benedict XVI, and opting to live in a guest house rather than the papal apartments in the Apostolic Palace. Sixteen of the newly appointed Cardinals are “cardinal electors” under 80 and thus…