Members of the College of Cardinals say Pope Francis is looking for discussion in a process that has been "misunderstood."
College of Cardinals
Pope Francis began meeting this morning with cardinals from around the world, launching a series of discussions that could lead to changes in the church's pastoral practices on family life.
Pope Francis' habit of dressing down means "we are working less; the pope is a simple man," one proprietor said.
On Feb. 22, Archbishop Loris Capovilla, 98, who has spent his life devoted to Blessed John XXIII, will become the oldest living cardinal.
Cardinal-designate Andrew Yeom Soo-jung of Seoul is a direct descendant of a man who died in 1850 in anti-Catholic persecutions.
Ivory's Coast's new cardinal is confident his nomination will advance peace after a decade of conflict and instability in the French-speaking West African country.
"I ask God to give me the grace of strength, so I can work on the different personal encounters we've already begun and continue them until wounded hearts are finally healed," said Cardinal-designate Jean-Pierre Kutwa of Abidjan.
He spoke after Pope Francis announced Sunday that he was among 19 prelates who will be elevated to the College of Cardinals in a consistory at the Vatican Feb. 22.
Analysis: Next month, Pope Francis will create at least 14 new cardinals. Where will they come from? Latin America? The Curia?
NCR Today: Cardinal Daniel DiNardo's election as vice president of the USCCB makes him a key player in the appointment of bishops in the U.S.