- Jan 28, 2020
This energizer bunny of popes has laid waste to the old days of July as a time of lethargy and repose.
Just the last few days have brought several important Vatican developments, including another papal missive to the Catholics of China, a strong defense of the seal of confession, and a remarkable papal shot across the bow to the Catholic Church in Germany.
Pope Francis will create 14 new cardinals during a late afternoon consistory June 28, not June 29 as he had announced originally.
The Bible’s first lesson is a challenge, namely, that the heart knows truth in ways that the mind knows not.
While being a big fan of the post-lunch siesta, Pope Francis has never adopted the Italian tradition of ‘Ferragosto’ when people abandon the hot cities and escape to the nearby beaches. The workaholic pope decided instead to spend the summer at his home in the Vatican for what in American argot is called a ‘staycation.’
On “The Crux of the Matter,” a weekly radio show on the Catholic Channel, Sirius XM 129, Crux’s Austen Ivereigh, Charles Collins and John Allen discussed a possible “summer surprise” from Pope Francis – floating a social encyclial a new Marian dogma, and a changing of the guard at the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith respectively.