- Jan 18, 2020
It may be 30 years since Cardinal Michael Czerny left the Jesuit-run Central American University in El Salvador, but it’s not a place that has forgotten him.
A long, snail-paced line of well-wishers waited to greet Cardinal Fridolin Ambongo Besungu of Kinshasa, Congo, after the ceremony in which Pope Francis placed a red hat on his head.
After the consistory to create new cardinals on Oct. 5, Pope Francis will have chosen more than half of the men who will enter the Sistine Chapel to elect his successor.
Cardinal-designate Alvaro Ramazzini Imeri offered prayers for Central American migrants Sept. 29, while celebrating Mass on World Day for Migrants and Refugees in this downtrodden Guatemalan department, epicenter of an ongoing outflow of migrants toward the United States.
Lithuania’s new cardinal, a veteran of Soviet prisons and labor camps, counts on not being assigned “specific duties” following his elevation so he can continue serving his local church.
Once the top expert on Islam at the Vatican, Cardinal-designate Michael Fitzgerald is unsure whether a new top-ranking title will help or hamper his work ministering in a multicultural inner-city parish in Liverpool, England.