Pope Francis meets with Cañizares Llovera, CDW prefect

This morning the pope received in audience Cardinal Antonio Cañizares Llovera, prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship (the Vatican’s “liturgy department”), the Vatican reported.

We don’t know what this meeting was about, nor the pope’s meeting with Marini-1 the day before yesterday. We can only wonder.

[The web images of the cardinal and my captions have been removed from the post – with apologies to those who were offended by my attempt at humor.]



  1. Perhaps a more momentous event occurring today was Pope Francis’ appointment of José Rodríguez Carballo, OFM, Minister General of the Order of Friars Minor, as Secretary of the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life.

    1. @Fr. Ron Krisman – comment #1:
      Even more shocking is José Rodríguez Carballo, OFM, the new prefect’s vestments! This is a hoot!

      1. @Anthony Ruff, OSB – comment #4:
        Maybe I linked the wrong image, how about this one?

      2. @Fr. Allan J. McDonald – comment #4:
        I still didn’t find Father Caraballo in anything but the OFM habit. Maybe “the hoot” is too subtle for me.

        In any case, I hope the new Archbishop Secretary doesn’t quickly come to grief as Archbishop Tobin did. Now there’s an honest man.

  2. How long do think it will take before “The Vatican” replaces the audience language with meeting language. The pope met today with so and so to review the work of this or that. Unless, of course, they are attached to thinking of the pope as a monarch. I believe even the Queen of GB and the occasional King have meetings rather than audiences.

    If I’m not mistaken the Franciscan is taking the place of Joseph Tobin, the Redemptorist who was promoted to Indianapolis.

  3. By all accounts the majority feeling in the Spanish church is that the promotion to Rome of the current Prefect is better for Spain. If he were replaced in Rome where would he go? Are there enough mansions in the house to move him ‘upstairs’? Perhaps an important Roman church could do with a new Arch-priest.

    1. @Gerard Flynn – comment #7:

      Yes, but people have also been saying that he is destined to be Cardinal Archbishop of Madrid. The present incumbent is 76, perhaps 77 by now.

    2. @Gerard Flynn – comment #7:

      By all accounts the majority feeling in the Spanish church is that the promotion to Rome of the current Prefect is better for Spain.

      Translation: Some of his fellow Spanish bishops don’t like him. Why is that?

      If he were replaced in Rome where would he go?

      Presumably he would go nowhere, since the only position in Spain that would not be a demotion would be his old position as Primate of Spain. But that would require displacing the incumbent, Archbp. Rodriguez Plata.

      At any rate, there is probably less to this meeting than meets the eye. All we’re doing is speculating.

  4. My guess is that when a Franciscan is handed a vestment to wear by the sacristan he just wears it without making a fashion or liturgical statement. He is from Spain, though, which I think is not exactly a progressive church. Suum cuique.

  5. Sometimes a fiddleback is just a fiddleback… and not a clear sign that a priest is flaming liturgical traditionalist. Wow, liturgist, my brethren, can sure be snippy!

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