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Jesuit Fr. Thomas J. Reese's column for Religion News Service, Signs of the Times, appears regularly in National Catholic Reporter.
Pope Francis, in a surprise announcement on Sunday, Oct. 25, named 13 new cardinals, nine of whom will be able to vote for a new pope when Francis dies or resigns.
Signs of the Times: Francis is not changing dogma or doctrine or even canon law. He is talking about civil law, an area of prudential judgment.
Signs of the Times: Dear Pope Francis, it is extremely disappointing that almost all the photos of you since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic have shown you without a mask.
Signs of the Times: True, almost every politician says pious things about God and prayer, but can prayer actually help politics become less partisan and more beneficial to the common good?
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