Pope Francis’ Race Against Time to Reshape the Church

Francis is trying to build a Roman Catholic Church that emphasizes
inclusion and mercy, and focuses on serving

poor and marginalized
people. Can the 79-year-old pontiff appoint enough like-minded
cardinals to ensure that his vision of the church will endure after he dies?

The College of Cardinals is responsible for electing a new pope. Pope Francis’ third set of cardinals will receive their “red hats” at a ceremony on Saturday.
With the new additions, 44 of the 121 cardinals eligible to vote will have been named by Francis. But nearly two-thirds of the current cardinals were appointed by Francis’ predecessors, Popes Benedict XVI and John Paul II, who were more theologically conservative and whose priorities were different from Francis’. The cardinals, however, do not all share the views of the pope who appointed them.

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