The Canadian-born, English-born Cardinal Bernard “Bill” Millwork was the first person to be appointed by Pope Francis to the papacy, but the work he did for more than half a century before the Vatican’s new secretary of state was celebrated with an international ceremony.
Here are five things to know about the man whose art is a symbol of hope for Canada and the world.
His work is a ‘miracle’ for Canadians 1.
A cardinal who could have left Canada for good has lived a life full of miracles.
Millwork, 82, began working for the pope in 1951 and had to stay in Rome during a period when the Holy See was under the jurisdiction of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF), a Catholic authority.
In his early years in Rome, he made a reputation for himself, with his unique, unvarnished and often provocative style.
At the same time, he was known as an intelligent, articulate, self-assured and committed man.
In the years after his appointment, he would become one of the most influential voices in the modernist movement, which sought to change the way we think about religion and the church.
He was also a staunch critic of the Vatican Francis Francis has been called “the most influential pontiff of the 21st century,” and Millwork says he would be happy to have him in the Vatican as a “partner.”
He called Francis a “magnificent and visionary man” who “is truly a visionary.”
He had a hand in the creation of the Holy Office Cardinal Bernard Millwork has been named as the first Pope Francis ambassador to the United States.
In 2006, the Vatican appointed him to the post of ambassador to Canada.
Millworks’ mission was to serve as an envoy to the American bishops and priests, as well as to the Vatican, to help them prepare for their new roles in the new Catholic Church.
He lived a double life Cardinal Bernard ‘Bill’ Millwork lives a double existence in Ottawa, where he teaches at the Catholic University of America and the Jesuit Institute of Canada.
He also teaches at St. Thomas More College in Fredericton, N.B., and St. Francis Xavier University in Montreal.
He’s also an advocate for women’s rights In 2014, the Canadian bishops said that the appointment of Millwork as ambassador to Ottawa would allow women to serve in a way they never have before.
The move sparked protests, including a campaign by the Women’s Equality Party and other groups, and calls from the Catholic Church for a full investigation.
The Vatican’s secretary of State, Federico Lombardi, said the appointment was made after a long, careful and comprehensive process and was “a confirmation that the new Pope Francis believes in women’s equality and justice.”
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