Distinctly Catholic: It is remarkable whom Pope Francis has chosen to make into cardinals.
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Cardinal Francis E. George, the first native Chicagoan to head the archdiocese, died Friday at his residence after nearly 10 years battling cancer.
Faith and Justice: True, Cardinal Burke was sidelined, but no other curial cardinal was removed from his job in a way that looked like an embarrassing demotion.
Faith and Justice: At the pace the Vatican is moving, Pope Francis will be dead before real reform hits the Curia.
"My hope is that he speaks very intensely on the family, that no matter where he goes everybody knows that he came here because of the international [meeting] on the family."
The day Francis announced he would be making Italian Archbishop Luigi De Magistris a cardinal, the archbishop was doing what he usually did in retirement on Sundays: He was administering the sacrament of confession in the cathedral of Cagliari, his hometown.
Cardinal-designate Jose Lacunza Maestrojuan of David, Panama, learned of his elevation to cardinal via his smartphone.
Cardinal-designate Ricardo Blazquez Perez is known as an outspoken champion of peace and reconciliation.
Cardinal-designate Daniel Sturla Berhouet of Montevideo, Uruguay, was ministering in a working-class barrio when he learned of his elevation to cardinal.
Cardinal-designate Alberto Suarez Inda of Morelia planned to retire. Pope Francis had other ideas.