Pope Francis has announced an imminent consistory, where he will create 10 new cardinals.
More than just announcing the 10 archbishops and bishops who will be new cardinal electors, Francis, at today’s Angelus in St. Peter’s Square, also announced to the faithful the three retired archbishops and bishops who will also be made cardinals.
“Dear brothers and sisters,” he said, “on October 5, I will hold a consistory for the creation of 10 new cardinals. Their origins express the missionary vocation of the Church, which continues to proclaim the merciful love of God to all people on earth.” On October 5 he will hold a consistory to make new cardinals, and the day after, he will preside at a solemn con-celebration with them. Below is the list of the 10 archbishops and bishops who will be the new cardinal electors:
Monsignor Miguel Angel Ayuso Guixot, President of the Pontifical Council for Inter-Religious Dialogue;
Monsignor Jose Tolentino Calaca de Mendonca, Archivist and Librarian if the Holy Roman Church;
Monsignor Ignatius Suharyo Hardjoatmodjo, Archbishop of Jakarta;
Monsignor Juan de la Caridad Garcia Rodriguez, Archbishop of San Cristobal de la Habana;
Monsignor Fridolin Ambongo Besungu, Archbishop of Kinshasa;
Monsignor Jean-Claude Hollerich, Archbishop of Luxemburg;
Monsignor Alvaro Leonel Ramazzini Imeri, Bishop of Huehuetenango;
Monsignor Mattep Zuppi, Archbishop of Bologna;
Monsignor Cristobal Lopez Romero, Archbishop of Rabat;
Father Michael Czerny, S.J., Under-Secretary of the Migrants Section of the Dicastery for the Service of Integral Human Development.
“Together with them,” Pope Francis continued, “I will join the members of the College of Cardinals: two archbishops and a bishop who have distinguished themselves for their service to the Church.”
Here are their names:
Monsignor Michael Louis Fitzgerald, Archbishop Emeritus of Nepte
Monsignor Sigitas Tamkevicius, Archbishop Emeritus of Kaunas
Monsignor Eugenio Dal Corso, Bishop Emeritus of Benguela
Pope Francis concluded his announcement saying: “Let us pray for the new Cardinals, so that, confirming their adhesion to Christ, they may help me in my ministry as Bishop of Rome for the good of the whole faithful Holy People of God.”
In his Angelus address, he also recalled that today, Sept. 1, marks the fifth World Day of Prayer for Creation, a world day instituted by Francis himself, and called on the faithful to pray for his Apostolic Trip to Mozambique, Mauritius and Madagascar.
Angelus Address: On Humility and Selfless Generosity
“When You Are Invited Go and Sit in the Lowest Place and “When You Give a Feast, Invite the Poor, the Maimed, the Lame and the Blind,” says Jesus
Before the Angelus:
Dear Brothers and Sisters, good morning!
First of all I apologize for the delay, but there was an incident: I was stuck in the elevator for 25 minutes! There was a voltage drop and the elevator stopped. Thank God the firemen came — I thank them so much! — and, after 25 minutes of work, they succeeded in making it go — an applause for the firemen!
This Sunday’s Gospel (Cf. Luke 14:1.7-14) shows us Jesus going to dine in the house of a ruler of the Pharisees. Jesus looks and observes how the guests run — hasten to take the first places. It’s a rather widespread attitude, also in our days, and not only when one is invited to a lunch: generally, the first place is sought to affirm a presumed superiority over others. In reality, this seeking of the first places hurts the community, be it civil or ecclesial, because it destroys fraternity. We all know these people: climbers, who always climb to go up, up… They harm fraternity, they damage fraternity. In face of that scene, Jesus tells two brief parables.
The first parable is addressed to one who is invited to a banquet, and He exhorts him not to put himself in the first place, “lest — He says — a more eminent man than you be invited, and he who invited you both will come, and say to you, ‘Give place to this man!’’ — a disgrace! “Then you will begin with shame to take the lowest place” (vv. 8-9). Instead, Jesus teaches to have the opposite attitude: “When you are invited, go and sit in the lowest place, so that when your host comes, he may say to you, ‘Friend, go up higher!’” (v. 10). Therefore, we must not seek of our initiative the attention and consideration of others but, if anything, let others give it to you. Jesus always shows us the way of humility — we must learn the way of humility! — as it is the most genuine, which also makes it possible to have genuine relationships. True humility not feigned humility, that which in Piedmont is called mugna quacia, no, not that, <but> true humility.
In the second parable, Jesus turns to the host and, referring to the way of choosing the guests for the feast, He says to him: “When you give a feast, invite the poor, the maimed, the lame, the blind, and you will be blessed, because they cannot repay you” (vv. 13-14). Here, too, Jesus goes completely against the current, manifesting, as always, the logic of God the Father. And He also adds the key to interpret His address. And what is the key? A promise: if you do so, “you will be rewarded at the resurrection of the just (v. 14). This means that one who behaves this way will have the divine reward, much greater than the human repayment: I will do you this favour, expecting that you will do me another. No, this isn’t Christian. Humble generosity is Christian. In fact, the human repayment usually falsifies relationships, renders them “commercial,” introducing personal interest in a relationship that should be generous and free. Instead, Jesus invites to selfless generosity, to open the way toward a much greater joy, the joy of being sharers in the very love of God, who awaits us, all of us, in the heavenly banquet.
May the Virgin Mary, “humble and higher than a creature” (Dante, Paradise, XXXIII, 2) help us to recognize ourselves as we are, namely, small, and to rejoice in giving without a return.