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Pope Francis' Five New Cardinals reveal his vision for the future.

Pope Francis' Five New Cardinals reveal his vision for the future.

by: Christopher Lamb - The Tablet in Church News,

Next week, Pope Francis will create five new cardinals. The appointments he has made to the electoral college that will decide his successor reveal his vision for the future. If there is one area of Church life where Pope Francis is overturning the tables it is in his selection of cardinals, those at the very top of the clerical tree, who will choose his successor. 

Francis appoints American archbishop as Vatican nuncio to Great Britain

Francis appoints American archbishop as Vatican nuncio to Great Britain

by: Christopher Lamb - The Tablet in Church News,

On Saturday, Archbishop Edward Adams was named to the role which requires him to be the Holy See’s representative to Government authorities in England, Wales and Scotland, while also playing a crucial role in the selection of bishops. Archbishop Adams, a priest from the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, will be the first native English speaker to hold the post for more than 50 years: the last one, Archbishop Gerald O’Hara, served from 1959-63 was also from Philadelphia. 

Pope’s letter for Dublin World Meeting of Families

Pope’s letter for Dublin World Meeting of Families

by: March 30, 2017 Vatican News in Church News,
(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis has written a letter to the organisers of next year’s World Meeting of Families, who presented the event at the Vatican press office on Thursday morning. The Meeting is scheduled to take place in Dublin, Ireland from August 21st to 26th 2018 on the theme ‘The Gospel of the Family: joy to the world”.
Fresh Faces at Francis's Side - The New Cardinals

Fresh Faces at Francis's Side - The New Cardinals

by: Christopher Lamb-The Tablet in Church News,

Today the Pope will hand red hats to 17 new cardinals. Four are aged over 80; the other 13 are eligible to vote for his successor in a conclave. While the new cardinals still wear the famous red biretta they are no longer in any real sense “Princes of the Church”. 

Pope announces 17 new Cardinals in consistory

Pope announces 17 new Cardinals in consistory

by: Vatican Radio in Church News,

Pope Francis at the end of his Angelus on Sunday announced the creation of 17 new Cardinals. A consistory will be held on the 19 of November, the eve of the closing of the Jubilee of Mercy. 13 of the new Cardinals will be under 80 years and will be eligible to vote in a conclave. 

Chinese authorities take down Catholic Church cross

Chinese authorities take down Catholic Church cross

by: Reporter - ucanews.com in Church News,

More than 1,700 crosses have been removed in Zhejiang province since the end of 2013. Chinese authorities have taken down the first Catholic Church cross this year in Wenzhou Diocese in the latest sign the removal campaign in Zhejiang province is continuing.

Synod's final document focuses on discernment in familiy life

Synod's final document focuses on discernment in familiy life

by: Vatican News in Church News,

It’s hard to describe the mix of emotions that washed around the Synod Hall on Saturday at the close of this three week meeting. Elation, exhaustion, incredulity and relief were certainly among the reactions I heard from Synod Fathers as they worked their way painstakingly through all 94 points of their lengthy final text. 

Timor-Leste to sign historic treaty with the Vatican

Timor-Leste to sign historic treaty with the Vatican

by: Michael Sainsbury-UCAnews in Church News,

Asia’s newest country, Timor-Leste, will sign a concordat with the Vatican’s secretary of state, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, on Aug. 15 when it celebrates 500 years of evangelization to mark the arrival of the Portuguese in 1615. The treaty has been under negotiation since 2006 but was not finalized until two months ago.

‘Our task is not to run a university’

‘Our task is not to run a university’

by: Christopher Lamb-The Tablet in Church News,
The loss of this prestigious higher education institution and the rejection of a planned merger with a neighbouring university was met with dismay last week. Here the Jesuit provincial explains why the order made its decision. With the announcement of the closure of its flagship educational institution, Heythrop College, The Tablet last week asked if the Society of Jesus was effectively pulling out of its mission in Britain.
Filipino Cardinal Tagle voted president of Caritas global network

Filipino Cardinal Tagle voted president of Caritas global network

by: Abigail Frymann Rouch, Hannah Roberts in Rome - The Tablet in Church News,

Philippines Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle has been elected president of Caritas, the international confederation of more than 150 Catholic development agencies. The cardinal-archbishop of Manila, dubbed “the Asian Pope Francis”, succeeds Honduran Cardinal Oscar Rodriguez Maradiaga, who has served two four-year terms as president.

Pope announces special Catholic Church Holy Year on theme of mercy

Pope announces special Catholic Church Holy Year on theme of mercy

by: Philip Pullella - Reuters in Church News,

Pope Francis announced on Friday the Roman Catholic Church will mark an extraordinary Holy Year, one of its most important events, in which faithful make pilgrimages to Rome and other religious sites around the world. Making the surprise announcement in St. Peter's Basilica on the second anniversary of his election, Francis said the Holy Year will focus on the topic of mercy, one of the most important themes of his papacy.

Pope Francis calls for religious freedom as he canonizes Sri Lanka's first saint

Pope Francis calls for religious freedom as he canonizes Sri Lanka's first saint

by: Joe Torres and Quintus Colombage, UCAnews in Church News,

Pope Francis called for respect of "religious freedom as a fundamental right" in Sri Lanka as he declared missionary priest Joseph Vaz the country's first saint. Speaking slowly in English, the pope said each individual "must be free, alone or in association with others, to seek the truth, and to openly express his or her religious convictions, free from intimidation and external compulsion".

Pope Francis travels to Turkey

Pope Francis travels to Turkey

by: Constanze Letsch in Istanbul, John Hooper in Rome - The Guardia in Church News,

Pope Francis embarks on one of the most delicate missions of his 18-month-old papacy on Friday, when he is expected to wrestle with the problems of Christian persecution in the Muslim world and tackle relations with Islam in a time of spreading jihadism during his visit to Turkey.