- Sep 18, 2020
Pope Francis appointed three delegate presidents for the Synod of Bishops for the Amazon.
The Financial Times published an article penned by the paper’s former Buenos Aires correspondent claiming that Pope Francis was the brains behind the left-wing ticket challenging Argentina’s incumbent conservative president.
The Archbishop of Merida has ruled out Vatican mediation of the Venezuelan crisis after president Nicolas Maduro made public a letter to Pope Francis requesting intervention.
Pope Francis has not mentioned Venezuela since an extraordinary meeting with the nation’s bishops on June 8. Is this silence a sign the Vatican’s diplomatic efforts have been counterproductive in solving the country’s current political crisis?
New Venezuelan Cardinal Baltazar Enrique Porras Cardozo says it’s wrong to see Pope Francis’s style as that of “a good pastor who doesn’t have much depth in thought, that he is simply a good pastor.” He also noted that in his Venezuela, as in the rest of the continent, politicians “have very little relation with the people, with real problems.”
In different ways all of the 13 new cardinal-electors to be elevated Nov. 19 are Pope Francis-style pastors, but Archbishop Baltazar Enrique Porras Cardozo of Venezuela also comes with a bit of political subtext, since he’s seen as a leading critic of Socialist President Nicolas Maduro.