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.
(RNS) — By making these men cardinals, the pope is handing them megaphones.
(RNS) — After Oct. 15, 53% of the cardinal electors will have been appointed by Francis.
(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.
VATICAN CITY (Reuters) Appointing new cardinals is one of the most significant powers of the papacy, allowing a pontiff to put his stamp on the future of the 1.2 billion-member church.
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.
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.
(RNS) In giving red hats to U.S. churchmen for the first time, the pontiff passed over prelates favored by culture warriors of the right and chose more pastoral bishops. That's a big change.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) The Vatican’s chief spokesman said the choices showed Pope Francis' most important criteria was "universality," and indicated he was not “chained to tradition.”
ROME (RNS) On the streets of the ecclesiastical fashion district in the center of Rome, the mood is somber. No one wants to criticize the much-loved Pope Francis, but his personal style, combined with the ongoing economic crisis, is having an impact on business.
(RNS) A church for the poor, a church of the Southern Hemisphere, a church not focused on hierarchical perks, and a church led by pastors and doctrinal moderates: In naming his first batch of new cardinals on Sunday (Jan. 12), Pope Francis made some surprising choices that confirmed where he wants Catholicism to go in the future.
ROME (RNS) “It is simply not a realistic possibility that the pope will name female cardinals for the consistory in February," the Vatican's chief spokesman said.