Cardinal days of August: Pope’s pick for cardinals wasn’t the only surprise

Cardinal days of August: Pope’s pick for cardinals wasn’t the only surprise Pope Francis prays as he arrives for a consistory to create new cardinals in St Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican in this June 28, 2017, file photo. Photo CNS
For many people in Rome, Pope Francis’ decision to schedule a consistory to create new cardinals in August was more surprising than the men he chose to receive the red hat. Traditionally, Rome empties of everyone but tourists in sweltering August. And Pope Francis’ choices for inclusion in the College of Cardinals are, by now,…
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