Soundings from Rome: A new consistory for a global church

By Br Mark O’Connor FMS, 29 August 2022

The first of four reports from the Vatican by Brother Mark O’Connor FMS, Vicar for Communications, Diocese of Parramatta and Pope Francis Fellow, Newman College, University of Melbourne.


Rome in August is notoriously hot and humid. Most locals flee the eternal city and there is little escape from the intense heat. There was certainly no breeze to cool things down yesterday afternoon!

Yet, it was a wonderful refreshing day of another sort for the Universal church, where the Spirit was clearly moving. Another different type of gentle ‘breeze’ was blowing within the confines of St Peter’s Basilica, as 20 new cardinals were created by Pope Francis.

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