- May 11, 2021
This year, the San Quentin Catholic Chapel Choir released four Christmastime tunes, available for purchase for 99 cents each on Apple’s music service.
Wearing a stole and holding a aspergillum to sprinkle holy water, Pope Francis greeted families and blessed about a dozen homes in a poor neighborhood on the outskirts of Rome. It was the latest of his “Mercy Friday” visits.
During an unexpected visit, Pope Francis met with novices of the Salesian order and offered some advice on vocations and discernment . The pope stressed that the criteria for selecting novices is that “they be normal” and added that “in the peripheries we must send the best!”
According to Brazilian Cardinal Cláudio Hummes, the core of Pope Francis’s ecclesiastical reform is to build “a totally missionary Church,” and as part of that picture, Hummes says Francis wants a Church determined to “move and leave” preferentially towards the peripheries.
While many have pointed out the evident differences between President-Elect Donald Trump and Pope Francis, a surprising sphere of overlap is emerging: their resonance with those who feel overlooked and marginalized, or what Francis has referred to as the “peripheries.”
The Jesuits aim to “move forward, overcoming the impediments which the enemy of human nature puts in our way when, in serving God, we are seeking the greater good,” Pope Francis told more than 200 Jesuits chosen to represent the more than 16,000 Jesuits at the order’s general congregation.
Pope Francis sometimes seems to want to honor a specific place, spotlight a specific cause, or honor a specific person when he awards a cardinal’s red hat, and in Archbishop John Ribat of Papua New Guinea, he would appear to have done all three.
A consistory to create new cardinals is a strong papal statement — about the Church Francis wants to see develop both during his pontificate, as well as after. There are some clear messages behind Francis’s third set of red hat picks, as well as some situation-specific strategies.