Letter from Rome
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The church exists only as an instrument to communicate to people the merciful design of God
Pope Francis greets Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle of Manila after the celebration of a Mass marking the end of the Jubilee of Mercy, on Nov. 20 at the Vatican. (Photo by AFP)
Pope Francis presided at his third cardinal-creating consistory on Nov. 19 in St. Peter's Basilica where he gave the red hat to 13 new papal electors and four others over the age of 80 who are ineligible to vote in a conclave.
It is essential to note that the pope chose to hold the ceremony in conjunction with the conclusion of the Holy Year of Mercy, which he has tied the renewal brought by the Second Vatican Council.
"The Jubilee was also the Jubilee of the Council, hic et nunc, where the time of (the council's) reception and the time of forgiveness coincide," Pope Francis explained in a news interview that appeared Nov. 18 in the Italian Catholic daily L'Avvenire.
Father Joseph Youta Djiba, inspired by missionary St. Josef Freinademetz to China was ordained in Taiwan on Feb. 18
Cardinal Joseph Zen Ze-kiun wrote to the judge to exercise leniency
Young people learned to live the gospel and appreciate other cultures through dance, prayer
Groups blame emphasis on economic development, militarist approach for being behind sharp increase in abuses
Artists have shortened the duration of traditional plays and introduced secular themes to appeal to young people