In choosing his first group of new cardinals, Pope Francis indicated changes for some parts of the world, but continuity for Canada.
Archbishop Gerald Lacroix of Quebec City will be one of the youngest cardinals in the world at only 56 years of age. In choosing him, the Holy Father indicated that Canada’s traditional allotment of cardinals is unlikely to change for the next generation. Continue reading
It is easy to see the gun in a man’s hand, rather more difficult to read what might be in his heart.
On December 23, Mikhail Kalashnikov died in Russia. The next day (Christmas Eve for the West, but not according to the Orthodox calendar), Kirill, Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia, sent a letter of condolence to the family and friends of the designer of the most famous rifle in the world — the AK-47, one of the 20th-century’s most prodigious killing machines Continue reading
In an elegant touch, Pope Francis announced his trip to the Holy Land on January 5, the precise 50th anniversary of the historic meeting in Jerusalem between Pope Paul VI and the Ecumenical Patriarch Athenagoras. Continue reading