Pope Picks Cardinals Fit for New Church

Francis will break with tradition--up to a point

For a 77-year-old with orthopedic shoes, Pope Francis is quite nimble on his pontifical feet, keeping both friend and foe off balance. It's all in the timing.

Jan. 12 is a grim date in Haiti. On that day four years ago, a massive earthquake struck the country, killing more than 150,000 people. Yet Francis gave Haitians a reason to rejoice by choosing that anniversary to announce the first batch of Cardinals of his papacy. Chibly Langlois, the Archbishop of the port city of Les Cayes, about 120 miles (193 km) west of the capital, Port-au-Prince, was astonished to hear that Francis...

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