- Dec 5, 2019
Italian Cardinal Paolo Sardi, a former official in the Vatican Secretariat of State, died in Rome July 13 at the age of 84.
Cardinal Fernando Sebastian Aguilar, 89, died in Malaga, Spain, Jan. 24, 2019, after suffering a stroke.
“The Holy Father knows well what I think, and knows he has a supporter in me for his reforms,” Cardinal-designate Antonio dos Santos Marto of Leiria-Fatima said.
Cardinal-designate Giuseppe Petrocchi believes the pope named him a cardinal as a gesture of solidarity and charity to a diocese devastated by a 2009 earthquake.
Bolivian Cardinal-designate Toribio Ticona Porco denied rumors of having a wife and children in secret and threatened legal action if the reports continued.
Spain’s newest cardinal has said his appointment confirms the pope’s determination to keep religious orders center stage in the Church’s life and mission.