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Even After Retirement, Cardinal Hummes Was a Central Figure in the Pontificate of Pope Francis

Andreas SolaroPope Francis (l) listens as Brazilian Cardinal Claudio Hummes addresses the Special Assembly of the Synod of Bishops for the Pan-Amazon Region on Oct. 7, 2019 at the Vatican.

Standing at the Holy Father’s side immediately after his election in 2013, the late cardinal’s presence was a powerful sign of things to come.