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Vatican spokesman offers caution about alleged letter to Pope

REPORTS on a private letter allegedly signed by 13 Cardinals to Pope Francis have caused unnecessary “disruption” to the worldwide meeting in Rome, director of the Vatican Press Office said. Fr Federico Lombardi, the official spokesman for the Holy See, offered words of caution with a statement clarifying the letter, which was leaked on Italian publication L’Espresso. “As we are aware,” the spokesman ... Read More »

Letter allegedly signed by synod cardinals a ‘Roman melodrama’, Archbishop Coleridge says

Pope Francis leads the Synod of Bishops on the family at Vatican

CONCERNS about the synod on the family written in a leaked private letter that was signed by 13 cardinals has made the synod look “not much more than a political caucus,” Brisbane Archbishop Mark Coleridge said. In his most recent blog post for the Brisbane Archdiocese, Archbishop Coleridge said the “confusing” situation, which has been denied already by at least five cardinals, including Australia’s Cardinal George Pell, ... Read More »

Pope urges cardinals to go in search of the lost, bring them in

Pope Francis and cardinals

THE Catholic Church cannot call itself Church if it is a “closed caste” where the sick, the wounded and sinners are shunned, Pope Francis told the 20 new cardinals he created. “The way of the Church is precisely to leave her four walls behind and to go out in search of those who are distant, those essentially on the outskirts ... Read More »

Becoming a cardinal is a call to greater love and patience, Pope says

Pope Francis and cardinal

IN a Valentine’s Day ceremony to create 20 new cardinals, Pope Francis offered a meditation on Christian love and, especially, what it means for those who guide and minister in the Church. “The greater our responsibility in serving the Church, the more our hearts must expand according to the measure of the heart of Christ,” he said on February 14 ... Read More »

Pope opens cardinals’ discussion of Curia reform; new offices explained

Pope Francis and cardinals

THE reform of the Roman Curia should promote “greater harmony” among the Vatican offices, not primarily to save money or promote efficiency, but to solidify the unity of the Church and strengthen its ability to evangelise, Pope Francis said. The Pope arrived in the Vatican’s synod hall a half-hour before the consistory, or meeting of the world’s cardinals, was set ... Read More »

Pope to create new cardinals in February

Pope Francis and cardinals

POPE Francis will create new cardinals on February 14, following a two-day meeting of the world’s cardinals that will discuss reform of the Vatican bureaucracy, among other issues. The Vatican spokesman Jesuit Father Federico Lombardi made the announcement on yesterday (December 11). The names of the new cardinals were likely to be announced in mid-January, he said. If Pope Francis ... Read More »

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