Newscast Media VATICAN, CITY—While some people derive pleasure from ridiculing
and making fun of homeless people, Pope Francis demonstrated the compassionate
aspect of humanity by having four homeless men as his guests on his birthday. The
occasion was celebrated with Mass in the Santa Marta guesthouse. The homeless
men and the pope’s closest collaborators together with staff from the guesthouse, all
greeted him with a birthday song afterwards.
Those present at his morning Mass included Archbishop Pietro Parolin, the Secretary
of State and Cardinal Angelo Sodano, the Dean of the College of Cardinals. After the
mass, all those present wished the Pope a happy birthday and sang greetings to him
before joining him for breakfast in the Vatican guesthouse.
Today’s reading was centered on the genealogy of Jesus and the Pope used this in
his homily to reflect on God’s enduring presence in our lives throughout history. He
said “God wished to live out his life alongside us” and “took his surname from each of
“God,” the Pope continued, “has always walked alongside his people,” beginning with
Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. He did not want to come to redeem us without coming to
live among us and share our lives. The Pope said this long list of God’s people included
“saints and sinners.” The latter included “high level sinners who committed serious sins
and who didn’t listen” to God’s plans for them.
Pope Francis said in addition to accompanying us in our lives our God follows us and in
this way, he displays His humility, His patience and His love for us. He concluded his
homily with “a Christmas wish” for all of us “to allow God to write our lives for us.”
Source: Vatican Radio
Newscast Media VATICAN CITY, Vatican –The head of the Catholic church, Pope Benedict XVI, named 24 new cardinals Wednesday, putting his mark on the body that will elect his successor and giving a boost to Italian hopes to regain the papacy. Benedict said the new “princes of the church” will be formally elevated at a ceremony in Rome on Nov. 20, making the announcement “with joy” at the end of his weekly public audience.
The new cardinals include Archbishop Donald Wuerl of Washington, D.C., and Archbishop Raymond Burke, an American who leads the Vatican’s supreme court and has been sharply critical of the U.S. Democratic Party for its support of abortion rights.
Among the new cardinals are two Americans and prelates from key posts in Europe, Latin America, Asia and Africa.
Other key posts include Warsaw, Poland; Munich; Kinshasa, Congo; Quito, Equador; Aparecida, Brazil; Lusaka, Zambia; Colombo, Sri Lanka; and the leader in Egypt of the Catholic Coptic church, who is currently heading a Vatican meeting on the plight of Christians in the Middle East.
Cardinals are close advisers to a pope, but their key job is to elect the pontiff. With the installation of the new cardinals, Benedict in just five years has named nearly half of the 120 prelates under the age of 80 and therefore eligible to vote in a conclave following the death of a pope. Eight of the new cardinals under 80 are Italians, giving them a total of 25 nearly half of the Europeans in the electing body of the College of Cardinals.
Italians held the papacy for 455 years until the election of Poland’s John Paul II in 1978, followed by the German-born Benedict in 2005. http://newscastmedia.com/cardinals.htm