- Jan 28, 2020
Cardinal Oswald Gracias of Mumbai, India, a member of Pope Francis’s “C9” council of cardinal advisers from around the world, said during a thanksgiving Mass for her sainthood on Sunday, “Her life is a testimony of truth and humble service. She chose not to be the last, but the servant of the last.”
From the outside it might seem like Pope Francis’s council of cardinal advisers, which meets with him on a regular basis, hasn’t yet delivered many sweeping reforms, but Cardinal Oswald Gracias of India says the pontiff consults with the group on 75-80 percent of all the big decisions he makes.
Mother Teresa certainly doesn’t need the additional celebrity sainthood often provides in order to have an impact on the world, but her halo does put an exclamation point on an important insight about Catholicism, which is that real power isn’t a product of office but comes when love and will intersect.
In various parts of the country, remembrances were organized in late August for a 2008 series of riots against impoverished and marginalized rural Christians that left at least 100 people dead, which activists warned reflected growing “fascism” driven by India’s militant Hindu nationalist movements.
An Indian cardinal and one of Pope Francis’ closest advisers said that the slaying of an 85-year-old French priest was a “monstrous” act, and called on his clergy to follow the elderly priest’s example of service “up to the end.”