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Pope Francis has cleverly been able to expand the College of Cardinal's membership to far-flung places

Letter from Rome

Pope Francis smiles as he arrives for his weekly general audience at St. Peter's Square on Oct. 12 in the Vatican. (Photo by AFP) 

Pope Francis will create new cardinals — as was already suggested last week — at the end of the church's liturgical year.

(See my analysis here.)

The consistory on Nov. 19, just a day before the last Sunday of the ecclesial calendar, has been described by at least one conservative Italian church writer as "the most liberal in the recent history of the church."

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