The following comes from a Dec. 24 item in the Inland Catholic Byte, an online publication of the San Bernadino diocese.

The chairman of Pope Francis’ Council of 8 cardinals appointed to help him reform the Roman Curia will visit the diocese of San Bernardino in January.
Honduran Óscar Andrés Cardinal Rodríguez Maradiaga, will direct the Spanish-speaking priests retreat January 26-30. On January 30 he will give a talk to all men and women religious and all priests of the diocese from 12-4 pm at the Diocesan Pastoral Center. That evening he will address lay leaders in Hispanic ministry.

Cardinal Rodriguez Maradiaga, 72, is the current archbishop of Tegucigalpa, Honduras and was President of the Latin American Episcopal Conference from 1995 to 1999. He was elevated to the cardinalate in 2001. He is the first cardinal from Honduras.

He is connected to the diocese through his acquaintance with Our Lady of Guadalupe Shrine pastor, Father Alfonso Duran, and other brothers and priests of the Order of Mercy. Some Hispanic priests of the diocese had suggested that Cardinal Rodriquez Maradiaga lead the annual retreat for Spanish-speaking priests. Bishop Gerald Barnes extended a formal invitation to Cardinal Rodriguez Maradiaga during the summer and he accepted.

In addition to serving on Pope Francis’ Council of Cardinals, Cardinal Rodriguez worked closely with then Archbishop Jorge Bergoglio in the creation of the Aparecida document, a master plan proposed by the General Assembly of the Bishops of Latin America and the Carribean in 2007 for the living of the New Evangelization in the Western World.

“It’s huge,” said Dr. Jose Antonio Medina, director of Continuing Formation of Priests, of Cardinal Rodriguez Maradiaga’s visit, “because he’s someone very close to Pope Francis. They have been working together for years and to have him here is to invite the diocese to be part of that vision they have for the Church.”

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