Pope announces names of 14 new cardinals (Vatican News) The 14, who will be elevated on June 29, include the patriarch of the Chaldean Catholic Church, three prelates who work in the Roman Curia, and bishops in Pakistan, Portugal, Peru, Madagascar, Italy, and Japan. Three of the 14 are over 80 and ineligible to vote in a conclave: the Pope wished to honor a retired Bolivian bishop, a retired Mexican bishop, and a Claretian priest who “have distinguished themselves for their service to the Church.”
Paul VI, Archbishop Romero to be canonized in October (Vatican Press Office) Six blesseds will be canonized on October 14: Paul VI (1897-1978, Pope from 1963-78); Archbishop Óscar Romero (1917-80), martyr; Father Francesco Spinelli (1853-1913), founder of the Sisters Adorers of the Blessed Sacrament; Father Vincenzo Romano (1751-1831); Sister Maria Katharina Kasper (1820-98), foundress of the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ; and Sister Ignacia Nazaria March Mesa (1889-1943), foundress of the Missionaries of the Crusade.
Christian holiness began at Pentecost, Pope tells pilgrims (Zenit) With the coming of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost, “Christian holiness began, because the Holy Spirit is the source of holiness, which isn’t the privilege of a few, but the vocation of all,” the Pope told pilgrims gathered for the recitation of the Regina Coeli in St. Peter’s Square (video).
Resignations and appointments (5/19) (Vatican Press Office) Pope Francis accepted the resignation of a Colombian archbishop for reasons of age and appointed a successor. He also appointed a special envoy to the celebration of the 200th anniversary of the evangelization of northern and western Canada.
Papal audiences (5/18) (Vatican Press Office) Pope Francis received the president of Benin, the cardinal archbishop of Colombo (Sri Lanka), the cardinal archbishop of Cologne (Germany), the leaders of the “One of Us” European Federation for Life and the Dignity of Man, and the leaders of the Commission of the Bishops’ Conferences of the European Union.