- May 29, 2020
Hundreds of people from around the world, many of them coping with jet lag from long flights, stood patiently in line on Nov. 19 waiting for their turn to greet, get a picture with or receive a blessing from their new cardinal in the Vatican’s Paul VI audience hall.
The three newly created American cardinals responded to Francis’s homily during the Nov. 19 consistory, in which the pope said polarization and exclusion are “burgeoning and considered the only way to resolve conflicts.”
Although nobody believes there’s going to be a papal election anytime soon, the consistory taking place next month to create 17 new cardinals, 13 eligible to vote, is nevertheless the closest thing the Catholic Church has to the Iowa Caucus, when all the candidates are on display.
An Oct. 9 write-up of Piat in a local paper in Mauritus said that when he makes the rounds, “everywhere and always, one feels taken up by the Gospel, by the determination to meet Christ and to walk with him.”
Chicago’s cardinal-elect is a pastor who identifies strongly with Pope Francis’s vision for the Church. As Archbishop of Chicago, he embodies the pope’s idea of shepherds who know their flock and are there for them — especially in times of suffering and need.
Carlos Aguiar Retes, the Mexican Francis has named as cardinal, has long been a key player in the Latin-American Church and a close collaborator of the future pope. But the Archbishop of Tlanepantla also has a Benedictine streak.