Tag Archives: Consistory

Four reasons why this consistory was an unusual one

A consistory is a gathering of cardinals, which the Pope can convoke to give solemnity to a particular decision, or simply to ask his “Senate” to counsel him on an important issue. However, the most recent consistory, held June 28, was rather exceptional. Here are four reasons why. A surprise consistory The June 28 consistory

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Keep your eyes fixed on the cross, Pope urges new cardinals

On Wednesday, Pope Francis created five new cardinals, encouraging them to walk with Jesus, keeping their eyes fixed securely on the cross and on the realities of the world, not becoming distracted by prestige or honor. “I speak above all to you, dear new Cardinals. Jesus ‘is walking ahead of you,’ and he asks you

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El Salvador’s first cardinal a friend of Blessed Oscar Romero

Pope Francis’ decision to elevate Bishop José Gregorio Rosa Chávez is unprecedented: not only is he the first Salvadoran cardinal, he is also the first auxiliary bishop to be given a red biretta. The cardinal-elect, who will receive the honor at a June 28 consistory, is also well-known for his close collaboration with Blessed Oscar

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Pope Francis announces new June 28 consistory

During his Regina Coeli address Sunday, Pope Francis announced to pilgrims that he will be holding a June 28 consistory to create 5 new cardinals he said represent the “catholicity” of the Church. “Brothers and sisters, I wish to announce to you that Wednesday, June 28, I will hold a consistory for the nomination of

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Albanian priest who moved the Pope to be named Cardinal

The Albanian priest whose testimony moved Pope Francis to tears in 2014 is one of the 17 international bishops and priests the Pope will elevate to the College of Cardinals Nov. 19. Father Ernest Troshani Simoni, 88, is one of the last survivors of the terrible Communist persecution in Albania. He shared his testimony with

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