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We say: Francis is beginning to acknowledge that he cares more about who it is he’s empowering to elect his successor than about which diocese or church office that person leads.
Consistory: Francis told prelates gathered for the creation of new cardinals that God calls them "to look at reality, not to let yourselves be distracted by other interests or prospects."
To the vast majority, Pope Francis is the compassionate face of Catholicism today. But there is another streak to the pontiff: A willingness to flex papal muscle and lay down the law.
The retired archbishop of Baltimore who was known for his vital role in ecumenical and interreligious relations, died early March 23.