- Dec 3, 2020
On Wednesday the Vatican ordered the closure of its own museums as part of a new, broader national lockdown in Italy, and also required local bishops to seek Rome’s approval before creating new religious orders.
Several of Pope Francis’s 13 new cardinals-to-be have spoken out about the decision to give them a red hat, voicing surprise at the choice and offering a glimpse of issues that hit close to home and hints at what their priorities might be.
There’s something fitting about it having been a Catholic priest who coined the famous phrase about being able to accomplish great things as long as you don’t want the credit, because of all environments on earth where that’s true, the Vatican merits a special pride of place.
Why would Pope Francis’s Vatican go out of its way to praise the great anti-modernist pope, Pius X? Maybe because he was also a great reformer.
Baseball is not my only passion. I’m also a member of the Vaticanologist guild, which beckoned the thought: What if there were a fantasy draft for the Vatican?
On Friday, the Vatican announced that Pope Francis has promoted Italian Cardinal Benjamin Stella and Filipino Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle to cardinal-bishops, the highest category a prelate can belong to apart from being the pope himself.