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College of Cardinals

 

​Cardinal Ivan Dias of Bombay passes away

The Prefect emeritus of the Pontifical Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples and Archbishop emeritus of Bombay, Cardinal Ivan Dias, passed away in Rome on ...

The Pontiff sends his condolences at the death of Cardinal Keeler

Cardinal William Henry Keeler, Archbishop emeritus of Baltimore, died on Thursday, 23 March, at the age of 86. The Pope expressed his condolences in a ...

The Pope expresses sorrow for the death of Cardinal Macharski

Pope Francis expressed deep sorrow over the death of Cardinal Franciszek Macharski, Archbishop emeritus of Krakow, who died on Tuesday, 2 August, at 9:37 am. ...

The Pope's condolences for the death of Cardinal Silvano Piovanelli

Cardinal Silvano Piovanelli, Archbishop emeritus of Florence, died on Saturday, 9 July, at 4:20 am, after a long illness. He was 92 years old. His ...

​The Council of Cardinals' meeting concludes

The Council of Cardinals presented Pope Francis with “a proposal geared at implementing a plan for a new Congregation tentatively called ‘Laity, Family and Life’”. ...

​Cardinal Koch reviews “Laudato Si’”

Every year the first of September will be a powerful moment for ecumenical dialogue. In fact, in establishing the World Day of Prayer for the ...

The Pope's condolences for the death of Cardinal Paskai

On Monday morning, 17 August, Hungarian Cardinal László Paskai, Arcbishop emeritus of Esztergom-Budapest, died at the age of 88 after a long battle with cancer. ...

The Pope's condolences on the death of Cardinal Canestri

A man of the Church who knew how to “meet others with goodness and gentleness”. Pope Francis remembered Cardinal Giovanni Canestri - who died in ...

The Pope's condolences for the death of Cardinal George

US Cardinal Francis Eugene George, Archbishop emeritus of Chicago, passed away on Friday, 17 April. After a long battle with cancer, his took his final ...

​The Pope's condolences on the death of Cardinal Tucci

Jesuit Cardinal Roberto Tucci died in Rome on Tuesday night, 14 April, after a long illness. On learning the news, the Pope sent a telegram ...

The Pope sends his condolences on the death of Cardinal Turcotte

Profound sorrow for the death of Cardinal Jean-Claude Turcotte, Archbishop emeritus of Montréal, was expressed by the Pope in a telegram sent to the cardinal's ...

Maestro of wisdom

On Monday afternoon, 16 February, Pope Francis presided at the rite of ultima commendatio and of valedictio at the end of the funeral of Cardinal ...

Cardinal Fiorenzo Angelini dies at 98

Cardinal Fiorenzo Angelini, President emeritus of the Pontifical Council for Health Care Workers, died in Rome at the age of 98. The only Roman cardinal, ...

The Pope's condolences for the death of Cardinal Szoka

Cardinal Edmund Casimir Szoka, Archbishop emeritus of Detroit, President emeritus of the Pontifical Commission for Vatican City State and of the Governorate of Vatican City ...

Cardinal Edward Bede dies

To Monsignor Peter ComensoliApostolic AdministratorArchdiocese of SydneyI was saddened to learn of the death of Cardinal Edward Bede Clancy, Archbishop Emeritus of Sydney, and I ...

A group of Cardinals to advise the Pope

Following a suggestion made during the General Congregations that preceded the Conclave, Pope Francis has established a group of cardinals to advise him in the ...

Make everyone feel that the Church exists

“Pope Francis feels he is Bishop of Rome and he told me this from the very first”. He perceives the relationship with the Diocese of ...

Called to serve unity

"It is beautiful to reflect today in this Basilica upon the call to unity." The Dean of the College of Cardinals Angelo Sodano in spoke ...

The lesson of Sistine Chapel

When Cardinal electors enter the Sistine Chapel from the Sala Regia the first thing they see is Pietro Perugino's fresco The Handing of the Keys ...

A hundred and fifteen cardinal electors

The seventh General Congregation of Cardinals took place on Friday morning, 8 March, in the Synod Hall. The session, taking place between 9:30 and 12:30, ...

The General Congregations of the cardinals

The cardinals' Fifth General Congregation was held on Thursday morning, 7 March in the Synod Hall. Taking part in the work from 9:30 a.m. to ...

Work under way for the conclave

The cardinals' Fourth General Congregation was held this morning, Wednesday, 6 March, in the Synod Hall. Taking part in the work which began at about ...

The cardinals thank Benedict XVI

A telegram - signed by the Dean of the College of Cardinals, Cardinal Angelo Sodano – was sent to Benedict XVI by the prelates which ...

The General Congregations of the Cardinals begin

On Monday, 4 March, in the Synod Hall of the Vatican the First General Congregation of the Cardinals took place. The congregation was presided by ...

Like the disciples of Emmaus

The following is the English translation of the greeting by Cardinal Angelo Sodano, Dean of the College of Cardinals, addressed to Benedict XVI in the ...

The Church is reawakened in souls

Venerable and Dear Brothers, I welcome you with great joy and I offer each one of you my most cordial greeting. I thank Cardinal Angelo ...

It is not abandonment

We have to believe in the total sincerity of the Pope when he says “it is not an abandonment.” This was said by the Secretary ...

An unexpected announcement ringing through the Consistory Hall

Dismay, surprise, astonishment and emotion were the immediate reactions to Pope Benedict XVI’s announcement to “renounce the ministry of Bishop of Rome” in the Consistory ...

In the kingdom of the love that serves

Peace and respect for one another in the Middle East, justice and reconciliation in Colombia. The Pope entrusted his concerns for the situation in the ...

For the unity and communion of the Church

Six new Cardinals will be created by the Pope at the Consistory on 24 November. Benedict xvi made this announcement at the end of the ...

Never violence in the name of religion

“Events in Libya and Egypt point to what is at stake. We need to be respectful of other religious traditions at the same time that ...

Cardinal Martini Under the Cross of St Charles Borromeo

Cardinal Martini has been buried at the foot of the altar of the Cross of St Charles Borromeo. The ceremony took place in private and ...

A man of God who loved the Word and served the Church

Cardinal Angelo Comastri, Archpriest of St Peter’s Basilica and Vicar General of His Holiness for Vatican City, represented Benedict xvi at the funeral of Cardinal ...

Generous servant of the Gospel and the Church

The Jesuit Cardinal Carlo Maria Martini, Archbishop emeritus of Milan, passed away yesterday, 31 August. He was 85 years old and had for some time ...

The Pope's condolences on the death of Cardinal Paul Shan Kuo-hsi

On Wednesday afternoon, 22 August, the Jesuit Chinese Cardinal Paul Shan Kuo-hsi, Bishop emeritus of Kaohsiung, died in Taiwan. He was born on 3 December ...

The death of Cardinal Rodolfo Quezada Toruño

Three days of national mourning were proclaimed in Guatemala for the death of Cardinal Rodolfo Quezada Toruño, at 6:45 a.m. on Monday, 4 June. The ...

Cardinal Luis Aponte Martínez dies

Cardinal Luis Aponte Martínez, the first Puerto Rican Cardinal, and Archbishop emeritus of San Juan de Puerto Rico, died on Tuesday, 10 April, at age ...

The Pope's condolences on the death of Cardinal Daoud

The Syrian Cardinal H.B. Ignace Moussa I Daoud died at eight o'clock in the morning of Holy Saturday, 7 April in Rome. He was Prefect ...

Together on paths of peace  in the Holy Land

The “quality of peace” is an indispensable requirement for the Christians who live in the Holy Land. For this reason the international community must assume ...

The unity of the Church is a gift to be protected and developed

"The unity of the Church is a divine gift to be protected and developed”, the Holy Father said to the22 new Cardinals and their relatives ...

Everything in the Church rests upon faith

Everything in the Church is founded upon faith: love and authority, evangelization and charity, the sacraments and the liturgy. In reminding the new Cardinals created ...

New cardinals created by Benedict XVI

Below are the biographies of the 22 new cardinals created by Benedict XVI during the ordinary public consistory held on Saturday morning, 18 February, in ...

Between mission and the New Evangelization

“The Announcement of the Gospel Today, Between 'missio ad gentes' and the New Evangelization” is the theme of the Day of Prayer and Reflection for ...

The Pontiff’s condolences for the death of Cardinal Deskur

The Polish Cardinal Andrzej Maria Deskur died on Saturday, 3 September. He was 87 years old. Having learned of this sad news, Benedict XVI expressed ...

Cardinal Ambrozic

On learning of the death of Cardinal Aloysius Matthew Ambrozic, Archbishop emeritus of Toronto, Canada, on Friday, 26 August, after a long illness, the Holy ...

The beauty of being together

On Friday, 1 July, the Holy Father was invited to lunch by members of the College of Cardinals in the Vatican's Hall of Dukes, to ...

For Rome with trust and determination

Trust and determination in facing the present challenges and in confronting the inevitable difficulties and pitfalls of the future. On the eve of the diocesan ...

Wojtyła told me ‘I want to go to the Tatra Mountains’

He spent many intense days working together with John Paul II, sleepless nights en route to the most remote countries, travelling with him on numerous ...

Three founders to be saints on 23 October

On Monday morning, 21 February, in the Vatican’s Consistory Hall, Benedict XVI held an Ordinary Public Consistory to approve the canonization of the three Blesseds: ...

Speed and strictness in the cause of John Paul II’s Beatification

Carefulness, scrupulousness and professionalism: these are the qualities with which the process of the cause of John Paul II’s Beatification has been conducted. His Beatification ...

Resolved in faith and in doing good

On Monday, 20 December, in the Vatican’s Regia Hall, the Holy Father met with the College of Cardinals and with members of the Roman Curia ...

The Pope mourns the death of Cardinal Michele Giordano

On learning of the death of Cardinal Michele Giordano, Archbishop emeritus of Naples, on Thursday, 2 December, at the age of 80, the Holy Father ...

A master of justice for young people

On Wednesday morning, 24 November, in St Peter's Basilica, Cardinal Angelo Sodano, Dean of the College of Cardinals, celebrated the funeral Mass of Cardinal Urbano ...

The ring of Cardinals

In the Homily before presenting the ring to the new Cardinals, Benedict XVI called attention to the fact that the last time he created Cardinals ...

Serving the Lordship of Christ

On Sunday, 21 November, the Solemnity of Christ the King, the Holy Father presided at Holy Mass in St Peter's Basilica, which he celebrated with ...

A new page in the history of the Church

On Monday morning, 22 November, in the Paul VI the Holy Father spoke to the new Cardinals, their families and pilgrims who came for the ...

His Holiness Benedict XVI mourns the death of Cardinal Urbano Navarrete

On learning of the death on Monday, 22 November, of Cardinal Urbano Navarrete Cortés, sj , at the age of 90, the Holy Father sent ...

The path of Christ

On Saturday morning, 20 November, the Holy Father held an Ordinary Public Consistory at which he created 24 new Cardinals in St Peter's Basilica. After ...

The question of God

At his third Consistory for the creation of new Cardinals Benedict XVI decided to honour with the Cardinalate several of his collaborators in the Roman ...

Havana's new Archdiocesan Seminary

On Wednesday, 3 November, Cardinal Jaime Lucas Ortega y Alamino, Archbishop of San Cristóbal de La Habana, inaugurated the new Catholic Seminary of San Carlos ...

Universality of the Church

At the end of the General Audience on Wednesday, 20 October, the Holy Father announced that a Consistory would be held next 20 November at ...

Crucial date in history of evangelization

On Sunday, 1 August, Cardinal Marc Ouellet, pss, Prefect of the Congregation for Bishops, presided at the celebration for the 400th anniversary of Grand Chief ...

A welcome for refugees and aid for Eritrea

Cardinal Leonardo Sandri, Prefect of the Congregation for the Eastern Churches, visited Eritrea from 1 to 6 July. The following is a translation from the ...

Education human wisdom and the wisdom of God

The following is a translation of the report in French given by Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran, President of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue, on 21 ...

The courage to trust in God

In the late afternoon on Friday, 7 May, the Holy Father delivered the Homily at the end of the funeral Mass for Cardinal Luigi Poggi, ...

The Benedictine who preferred nothing to the love of Christ

On Monday, 3 May, the Holy Father entered St Peter's Basilica at the end of the Funeral Mass celebrated by Cardinal Angelo Sodano, Dean of ...

A monk and pastor ever faithful

When the Holy Father learned of the death on Friday, 30 April, of Cardinal Paul Augustin Mayer, osb, President emeritus of the Congregation for Divine ...

Christ is the heart where East and West meet

On Tuesday morning, 20 April, in St Peter's Basilica, the funeral of Cardinal Tomáš Špidlík, sj, Dean of Sant’Agata de’ Goti, who died on Friday, ...

Mistakes were made but not in Rome

“Mistakes were made in the Lawrence Murphy case. The mistakes were not made in Rome in 1996, 1997 and 1998. The mistakes were made here, ...

For the unity of two thousand million Christians

Two thousand million Christians. Each one of them has a share in the responsibility for the unity desired by Christ in whom they all believe. ...

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