- Jan 24, 2020
All eyes are on Sri Lanka Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith after the Easter church bombings in Colombo. Now in the spotlight, Church watchers wonder: Is he now “papabile”?
Polish Cardinal Stanislaw Dziwisz, the former archbishop of Krakow and longtime secretary to St. John Paul II, celebrated his 80th birthday April 27, ending his eligibility to vote in a conclave.
Rumors suggest Pope Francis may stage a consistory in June, prompting the question of if he’ll name a new American cardinal, and, if so, whom.
U.S. Cardinal Edwin F. O’Brien, grand master of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem, celebrated his 80th birthday April 8, meaning he is no longer eligible to enter a conclave to elect a new pope.
After centuries of impunity, cardinals from Chile to Australia and points in between are facing justice in both the Vatican and government courts for their own sexual misdeeds or for having shielded abusers under their watch.
Though the full meaning of Pope Francis’s actions Saturday against retired Cardinal Theodor McCarrick will take time to unpack, here are three quick take-aways.