Letter #67, 2016: The Silent Pope

December 8, 2016, Thursday — The Silent Pope “This apostolic exhortation contains a number of statements that can be understood in a sense that is contrary to Catholic faith and morals… We request that the Cardinals and Patriarchs petition the Holy Father to condemn the errors… in a definitive and final manner.” —Letter to Cardinal […]

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Letter #63, 2016: 17 New Cardinals


October 9, 2016, Sunday — Pope Francis Names 17 New Cardinals Pope Francis Names 17 New Cardinals Pope Francis at the end of his Angelus on Sunday announced the creation of 17 new Cardinals. A consistory will be held on November 19, the eve of the closing of the Jubilee of Mercy. Thirteen of the […]

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Cardinals: Defenders of the Faith

Pope John Paul II and Argentine Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio.

The new cardinals chosen by Pope Francis are pastors of rapidly growing flocks in many “peripheral” regions of the world. But they are not “progressives.” Rather, they are staunchly orthodox men of Christian faith who are leading the Church into her future — which may not include the traditional “heartland” of the Church. In much of the secular […]

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“A Cardinal enters the Church of Rome, not a royal court.”


Pope Francis’ Homily at the Mass with the newly created Cardinals – St. Peter Basilica –  February 23, 2014 Merciful Father, by your help, may we be ever attentive to the voice of the Spirit (From Opening Prayer). This prayer, the opening prayer of todays Mass, reminds us of something fundamental: we are called to […]

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“The Church needs us also to be peacemakers, building peace by our works, our hopes and our prayers.”


 Pope Francis’ Homily at Consistory where he elevated 19 prelates to the College of Cardinals.– Vatican City –  February 23, 2014 “Jesus was walking ahead of them…” (Mk 10:32).   At this moment too, Jesus is walking ahead of us. He is always before us. He goes ahead of us and leads the way… This is the […]

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“We are called to acknowledge how beautiful, true and good it is to start a family, to be a family today”


Pope Francis’ Address to the Extraordinary Consistory of the College of Cardinals Vatican City, February 20, 2014 Dear brothers, I extend a warm greeting to you all and, with you, I thank the Lord who has given us these days of meeting and working together. We welcome especially our brothers who will be created Cardinals […]

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Speaking to the Cardinals in the Sistine Chapel

“At the ripe old age of 87 I am one of the elders of the College of Cardinals, but in terms of appointment I am just a baby, and because my life was always dedicated to study, my knowledge of Curia events does not go past the third grade.” Thus began the meditation that Cardinal […]

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The Cardinal Electors – By Country


Arranged by their Continents or Provenance (graphics by Giuseppe Sabtelli)115 cardinals under the age of 80 assembled in Rome in March to attend the conclave in the Sistine Chapel and to elect the new Pope. (A cardinal from Indonesia was unable to attend due to poor health, and a cardinal from Scotland withdrew for personal […]

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