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College of Cardinals

After proving that a red hat isn’t forever, Pope Francis names new cardinals for new church

By Claire Giangravé — November 30, 2020

VATICAN CITY (RNS) — Once a cushy reward, the position of cardinal under Francis comes with expectations of being less a ‘prince of the church’ than an exemplar of transparency.

With 9 new electors, Pope Francis remakes the college of cardinals

By Thomas Reese — October 25, 2020

(RNS) Over seven years, Pope Francis has gradually remade the college of cardinals, making it less European and more African and Asian.

Pope names 13 new cardinals, includes Washington DC Archbishop Gregory

By Frances D'Emilio — October 25, 2020

(AP) — In the surprise announcement, made from his studio window to faithful standing below in St. Peter’s Square, Francis said the churchmen would be elevated to a cardinal’s rank in a ceremony on Nov. 28.

Cardinal Becciu denies accusations after being retired by Pope Francis

By Claire Giangravé — September 25, 2020

VATICAN CITY (RNS) — The day after resigning, Cardinal Angelo Becciu defended himself from accusations that he had mismanaged funds, saying during an impromptu press conference that he remains a ‘faithful servant’ of the pope.

Want to make systemic change? Pope Francis has some ideas.

By Claire Giangravé — June 16, 2020

VATICAN CITY (RNS) — Since becoming pope, Francis has tried to reform the Catholic Church with a series of broad gestures and systematic, long-term changes.

McCarrick report: Questions needing answers

By Thomas Reese — February 4, 2020

(RNS) — The McCarrick report needs to respond to simple questions that may require complex answers: Who knew what, when and where about McCarrick’s activities?

Pope names 13 new cardinals, cements majority vote and the power to reshape the Church

By Claire Giangravé — October 5, 2019

Vatican City, (RNS) — With the creation of these new Catholic princes who share Francis’ emphasis on a missional and evangelizing church, Francis has now named a total of 91 new cardinals, and more than 52% of the voting cardinals.

New cardinals: The men are the message

By Thomas Reese — September 12, 2019

(RNS) — By making these men cardinals, the pope is handing them megaphones.

Pope Francis firms up his legacy with appointment of new cardinals

By Thomas Reese — September 2, 2019

(RNS) — After Oct. 15, 53% of the cardinal electors will have been appointed by Francis.

Cardinal blasts archbishop’s attack on pope as ‘monstrous and unsubstantiated’

By Thomas Reese — October 8, 2018

VATICAN CITY (RNS) — Cardinal Marc Ouellet, prefect of the Congregation for Bishops, refutes Archbishop Carlo Vigano’s claim that Pope Francis released ex-Cardinal Theodore McCarrick from sanctions imposed by Pope Benedict.

How can the church punish bad bishops?

By Thomas Reese — July 30, 2018

(RNS) The church has no more power over a priest than any corporation has over an employee. A priest or bishop can refuse to accept punishment and simply walk away.

Francis cardinals make up almost half of electors of next pope

By Thomas Reese — May 22, 2018

(RNS) — Pope Francis continues to remake the College of Cardinals so that almost half of the men who will choose his successor have been chosen by him.

Eyeing Catholic demographics, and maybe his successor, Pope Francis shakes up his cardinals

By Christopher Lamb — May 25, 2017

VATICAN CITY (RNS) By next month he will have made cardinals in 13 countries who’ve never had them before, including places such as the Pacific island of Tonga, Haiti, and Myanmar.

Pope Francis denounces growing ‘demonization’ of enemies and outsiders

By David Gibson — November 19, 2016

VATICAN CITY (RNS) The pontiff’s exhortation, at a ceremony to elevate 17 new cardinals, seemed to take aim at nationalist anger roiling countries around the world, including the U.S.

Pope Francis, the ultimate headhunter

By David Gibson — November 17, 2016

VATICAN CITY (RNS) Many of the 17 churchmen the pontiff will honor with a red hat on Saturday were as stunned as everyone else that they were chosen. That’s because Francis is his own executive search firm.

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