April 12, 2013

Senior cardinal says Francis will bring new life to Vatican II

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Cardinal Walter Kasper, called Pope Francis "a pope of surprises" in a lecture Nov. 6, 2014 at Catholic University. Photo by Julia Malakie

Cardinal Walter Kasper, called Pope Francis "a pope of surprises" in a lecture Nov. 6, 2014 at Catholic University. Photo by Julia Malakie

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VATICAN CITY (RNS) Pope Francis has ushered in a new phase in the reforms of the Second Vatican Council, shifting the focus of the Catholic Church from the concerns of the industrialized North to the “problems of the Southern hemisphere."