Bishop Lucas Van Looy, S.D.B., pictured at a Vatican press conference on the family synod, Oct. 23, 2015. Daniel Ibáñez/CNA.

Pope Francis Accepts Belgian Bishop’s Request Not to Be Made a Cardinal

Jun 16, 2022

Bishop Lucas Van Looy was due to receive the red hat on Aug. 27.

Cardinals gathered in St. Peter's Basilica for a consistory, Nov. 4, 2012. / Lewis Ashton Glancy/CNA.

Pope Francis Trims Cardinals’ Salaries by 10% to Save Money

Mar 24, 2021

Pope Francis has issued a letter cutting the salaries of some Vatican employees as a way to contain costs after the institution’s budget projected a deficit of $60 million in 2021.

Cardinal-designate Antoine Kambanda with President Paul Kagame during his installation as Archbishop of Rwanda's Kigali Archdiocese.

Appointment of First Cardinal in Rwanda “great value for all, honor to Church”: President

Nov 3, 2020

A week after Pope Francis named Archbishop Antoine Kambanda of Rwanda’s Kigali Archdiocese among 13 new Cardinals who are expected to be elevated to the rank on November 28, the President of the African nation in the Great Rift Valley, Paul Kagame has lauded the appointment saying it is “of great value for all Rwandans.”  

Pope Francis gives his annual Christmas greeting to the Roman Curia Dec. 21, 2019. Credit: Daniel Ibanez/Vatican Pool.

Church Reform Takes Personal Conversion, Pope Francis Tells Roman Curia

Dec 21, 2019

To carry out the continuing reform of the Church requires a willingness to change and a commitment to personal conversion, Pope Francis said Saturday, during his annual Christmas greeting to the bishops and cardinals of the Roman Curia.

Pope Francis places the red biretta on Cardinal Miguel Ángel Ayuso Guixot Oct. 5, 2019. Credit: Daniel Ibanez/CNA.

Pope Francis urges new cardinals to imitate Christ’s compassionate heart

Oct 5, 2019

Pope Francis created 13 new cardinals Saturday, encouraging each of them to ask for the grace to have a compassionate heart like Christ.