Tuesday, 24 November, 2020

Yesterday in St. Peter’s Square, Pope Francis announced a Consistory for November.


Vatican City (26/10/2020, 02:34 pm, Gaudium Press) Just before closing the Marian prayer of the Angelus, Pope Francis surprised everyone by announcing to the faithful present in St. Peter’s Square: “On November 28, the eve of the first Sunday of Advent, I will have a Consistory for the creation of 13 new cardinals.”
Among the new cardinals created by Francis, four of them are more than 80 years old, and, for this reason, they will not be able to participate in an eventual conclave that would take place after the death or resignation of the current Pontiff.

Amongst the new appointments to receive the red hat, two of them belong to the Roman Curia: the General Secretary of the Synod of Bishops, the Maltese Mario Grech, and the Italian Marcello Semeraro. He is the former bishop of Albano and the new Prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints.


Six Cardinals from different parts of the world

The Pope announced the names of six others who come from various parts of the world:
Archbishop Antoine Kambanda of Kigali, Rwanda;
Archbishop Wilton Gregory of Washington, USA;
Archbishop José Fuerte Advincula of Capiz, Philippines;
Archbishop Celestino Aós Braco of Santiago, Chile;
Bishop Cornelius Sim, Apostolic Vicar of Brunei;
Archbishop Augusto Paolo Lojudice of Siena, Italy;
Father Mauro Gambetti, Guardian of the Sacred Convent of Assisi, Italy.

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Four Cardinals over 80 years of age

Pope Francis also named four new cardinals over eighty years old. They are:
Most Rev. Felipe Arizmendi Esquivel, Archbishop Emeritus of San Cristobal de Las Casas, Mexico;
Archbishop Silvano Tomasi, Apostolic Nuncio and a former permanent observer at the United Nations in Geneva, who later worked at the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development;
Fr. Raniero Cantalamessa, Capuchin, a preacher of the Pontifical House;
Msgr. Enrico Feroci, rector at the Shrine of Our Lady of Divine Love, Rome.

Ownership of a Roman parish and the colour Red

The cardinals wear the red colour, indicating their willingness to sacrifice “usque ad sanguinis effusionem,” even to the shedding of blood, in the service of the Successor of Peter. Although Cardinals may live in the most remote regions of the world, they become the titular of a parish in the Eternal City: after all, they are incardinated in a Church where the Bishop is the Pope. (JSG)


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