Magazine article The Christian Century

Pope Francis Adds Cardinals, Continues Efforts at Reform

Magazine article The Christian Century

Pope Francis Adds Cardinals, Continues Efforts at Reform

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Pope Francis added 20 new members to the College of Cardinals in mid-February, urging them not to see themselves as a priestly elite but to be models of love and humility.

"The greater our responsibility in serving the church, the more our hearts must expand according to the measure of the heart of Christ," Francis said.

In the week before the installation, Francis held meetings with senior cardinals from around the world who advise him, as well as with the entire College of Cardinals, in an attempt to push ahead with his efforts to overhaul the Roman Curia. Yet there was a sense at the meetings that the momentum for change may be slowing--in part due to resistance from doctrinal conservatives and the Vatican's old guard--and could use a jump-start.

The new cardinals hail from countries as far away as New Zealand and from an Italian diocese in Sicily that has been at the front lines of the refugee crisis. Francis also picked cardinals for the first time from Myanmar, Cape Verde, Panama, and the Pacific archipelago of Tonga, which has 15,000 Catholics out of a population of 100,000 spread across 176 islands.

They were joined in St. Peter's Basilica by bishops, priests, and thousands of pilgrims who had traveled from countries like Thailand and Vietnam, each of which was given a new cardinal. …

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