- Jul 8, 2020
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.
Vatican offices will remain open to ensure “essential services for the universal church,” but each office is being asked to evaluate the best ways to provide those services while observing health precautions and guidelines on safe distancing to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.
Facing a ticking clock on several fronts, the coronavirus has bought Pope Francis and his Vatican team some time.
The purpose of the Lenten journey is to spiritually retrace the journey of Exodus — from the desert to the mountain of God, a Jesuit theologian told top Vatican officials.
One could make the argument that Francis doesn’t actually have to be in Ariccia or its Casa Divin Maestro (“House of the Divine Master”) for the Roman Curia’s annual retreat this week, because in many ways the experience already carries a distinctly Francis “vibe.”
After cancelling all public engagements outside of his residence for the past three days, Pope Francis on Sunday appeared for his usual Sunday Angelus address but announced that he will not attend his week-long spiritual retreat due to his ongoing cold.