CHARIS lives with the joy of having Father Raniero Cantalamessa, as a new Cardinal of our Church!
During the consistory on Saturday November 28th, held in St. Peter’s Basilica, he was created a Cardinal by Pope Francis, at 86 years old.
Fr. Raniero requested and obtained dispensation from Episcopal ordination, to “die in the Franciscan habit”. Therefore, he received the cardinal’s hat from the hands of the Holy Father dressed in his usual habit.
Thank you Fr. Raniero for this lesson of humility! As usual this year, as Preacher of the Papal Household, he will hold the next Advent preaching’s in the Vatican, in the presence of the Pope.
We also have the joy of announcing that Fr. Raniero will continue to be the Ecclesiastical Assistant of CHARIS. We are grateful to the Lord to be able to continue to have his closeness to CHARIS and, with CHARIS, to the whole world Charismatic Renewal, in docility and fidelity to the Holy Spirit.