Pope Francis marks 25th anniversary of episcopal ordination

On June 27, Pope Francis marked the 25th anniversary of his ordination as a bishop, celebrating Mass with members of the College of Cardinals in the Pauline Chapel of the apostolic palace. Commenting on the day’s readings, the Holy Father remarked that the patriarch Abraham “was more or less our age” when he heard the Lord’s call. But he rejected the charge that the hierarchy is “the ‘gerontocracy’ of the Church.” Rather, he said, “we are grandfathers, to whom our grandchildren look.” He went on to say that as grandfathers,…

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Fatima is a message of hope, Cardinal Sodano says

Cardinal Angelo Sodano, speaking at the Portuguese embassy to the Holy See on March 15, said that the message of the Marian apparitions at Fatima is fundamentally a message of hope. The 89-year-old dean of the College of Cardinals recalled that as a boy, he was struck by the words “in the end, my Immaculate Heart will triumph” and that is the theme of Pope Francis’s upcoming visit to the shrine is “with Mary, pilgrim in hope and in peace.” “Numerous and serious may be the trials of life and the…

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