• Three take-aways from today’s global crop of new cardinals

    Three take-aways from today’s global crop of new cardinals

    • Nov 19, 2016

    Pretty much everything a pope does exercises leadership and shapes culture in the Church, whether or not it comes wrapped in a binding magisterial declaration. Today is an excellent illustration of the point, as Pope Francis will create 17 new cardinals in an event called a “consistory,” 13 of whom will be eligible to elect his successor.

  • Small Polish town is where a truly global church was born

    Small Polish town is where a truly global church was born

    • Jul 21, 2016

    Viewed from his hometown of Wadowice, Poland, Pope John Paul II could be styled as the last and greatest expression of the Habsburg spirit, meaning a a broadly tolerant, open and cosmopolitan view of the world that saw national pride and loyalty not as a threat of imperial cohesion but one of its sources.

  • Pope taps interim replacement for prelate facing abuse charges

    Pope taps interim replacement for prelate facing abuse charges

    • Jun 6, 2016

    Archbishop Anthony Apuron of Guam faces multiple accusations of abuse from decades ago, and on Monday Pope Francis named a senior Vatican official as “apostolic administrator” of his archdiocese while an investigation plays out.