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  • New Belgian cardinal poised to be key papal ally in Europe

    New Belgian cardinal poised to be key papal ally in Europe

    • Oct 11, 2016

    Archbishop Jozef de Kesel of Brussels in Belgium one of Pope Francis’s new cardinals, in many ways attracts the same dynamics as the pontiff himself — great acclaim in progressive and secular circles but ambivalence among some insiders, who worry about where dialogue ends and capitulation begins.

  • Pope Francis condemns ‘blind violence’ in Belgium

    • Mar 22, 2016

    ROME — Pope Francis has condemned the “blind violence” of the terrorist attacks that shook Belgium on Tuesday, offering prayers for the victims, the injured, their families, and all those working in relief efforts. “The Holy Father again condemns the blind violence which causes so much suffering, and he implores

  • Pope Francis extends his moderate makeover of Church leadership

    Pope Francis extends his moderate makeover of Church leadership

    • Nov 6, 2015

    Pope Francis continued his moderate makeover of the senior leadership of the Catholic Church on Friday, announcing key appointments for two major European archdioceses. In both cases, the pontiff tapped pastorally-minded figures not seen as either political or theological conservatives. In Barcelona, Spain, Francis accepted the resignation of Cardinal Lluís

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