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.”
Chilean abuse victim: Pope said I should be happy as a homosexual (CNA) A Chilean sex-abuse victim has told the Italian media that Pope Francis affirmed him in his homosexual identity. Juan Carlos Cruz quoted the Pontiff as saying: “God made you like that and he loves you like that and I do not care.” The Pope said that “you have to be happy with who you are,” Cruz told reporters.
The Vatican has not issued any statement to confirm or deny the report. Cruz said that the Pontiff made his remarks during a private meeting.
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).
Chilean bishops suspends 20% of his priests for involvement in child-abuse network (Vatican Insider) A Chilean bishop has suspended more than one-fifth of the priests in his diocese, because of their reported involvement in a network engaged in pornography and child abuse. Bishop Alejandro Goic Karmelic of Rangacua, who heads the Chilean bishops’ committee on sexual abuse, had reportedly been informed about the network more than a year ago, but delayed taking action. Bishop Goic—one of the 31 active Chilean bishops who tendered their resignations last week—is already 78 years old and thus well beyond normative retirement age.
Church is always feminine, Pope says on feast of Mary, Mother of the Church (Vatican News) As the Church celebrated the new feast of Mary, Mother of the Church, in May 21, Pope Francis said in his homily at Mass that “the Church is feminine,” reflecting the motherhood of the Virgin. When the Church is not recognized as a mother, the Pope went on, it can come to be perceived as something like “a charitable organization, or a football team.” In that case, he said, the Church becomes a group of “old bachelors.”
German bishop says dioceses might set different policies on intercommunion (La Croix) A German bishop has suggested that if their nation’s episcopal conference cannot reach consensus on allowing Protestants to receive Communion, different dioceses will set their own standards. Bishop Peter Kohlgraf of Mainz added, however, that such a split would “further increase incomprehension” among the faithful. He argued strongly for adoption of the policy already approved by a majority of German bishops, voicing his impatience with those who suggest the policy is “out of line with Church teaching.”