There is a Vatican web page about the consistory with links to other pages with more information about the consistory and about the College of Cardinals.
EWTN will have two re-broadcasts of today's Eucharistic Celebration with the New Cardinals and Presentation of Cardinalitial Rings, at noon and midnight Eastern (9:00 a.m. and 9:00 p.m. Pacific, 6:00 p.m. Sunday and 6:00 a.m. Monday in Rome). You can watch EWTN online with either Spanish or English commentary.
The Holy Father announced the consistory and named the new cardinals at the end of the October 17 General Audience. They include 18 cardinal electors, and 5 cardinals who are beyond the maximum age for voting. Among the familiar names (with links to articles about them) are two Americans: Archbishop Daniel DiNardo of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston (the first cardinal ever named from Texas) and Archbishop John-Patrick Foley, a former journalist originally from Philadelphia. Other names of particular interest are Abp. Emmanuel Delly of Baghdad (patriarch of Babylon for the Chaldeans) and Abp. André Vingt-Trois of Paris. Abp. Vingt-Trois was elected president of the French Bishops Conference this past Monday (La-Croix article in French). His name was occasionally mentioned in the news this past year in connection with his historic ecumenical meeting with the Orthodox Church patriarch of Moscow, his involvement in liturgical issues including the Motu Proprio to extend the use of the Latin mass, and the funeral of his mentor Cardinal Lustiger (at which he presided).
Photos of all 23 new cardinals are posted on La-Croix. Click on the photo for the cardinal's name and for a short biographical sketch in French.
Friday's Meeting Considers Ecumenical and Inter-Faith Issues
John L. Allen, Jr. has an article about Friday morning's meeting titled Day 1: Sights and Sounds of the Consistory, mentioning the ecumenical issues to be discussed. Catholic News Agency reported that the Pope met with Cardinals to discuss how to deal with the increasing number of Episcopalians and Anglicans seeking to enter the Catholic Church, as Benedict XVI has made reunification of the Church a key issue of his pontificate. The Catholic News Agency article cited an earlier Times Online article as its source.
Following the meeting, Allen reported in a post titled Practical cooperation, not doctrine, the new ecumenical frontier. During the meeting, Cardinal Walter Kasper outlined the way forward in ecumenical discussions with the Eastern churches and the Orthodox, the denominations born of the Reformation, and the pentecostal movements that began in the 20th century. Allen's article does not mention any discussion particularly considering Anglicans. In a separate article, Allen discusses French Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran's discussion at that meeting of a planned Vatican response to a letter from 138 Muslims.
Insight Scoop has an article about the Anglican situation written by Carl Olson, which mentions that meeting as well as the decision by Episcopalian Bishop John B. Lipscomb to seek to enter the Catholic Church, announced this past Wednesday. He will be the fourth Episcopalian bishop this year seeking to become Catholic, following two previous retired bishops and one active sitting bishop. [For more on Bishop Lipscomb, see Catholic Online and The Living Church].
Zenit provides an overview of the Cardinals' Rite for this ceremony and for Sunday's presentation of the Cardinals' rings.
The Holy Father spoke of how changing times have made the College of Cardinals truly universal, particularly mentioning Iraq's Christian communities. He reminded the new cardinals of their call to the service of love. Here is an excerpt from Teresa Benedetta's translation:
"The evangelist Mark reminds us, dear and venerated brothers, that every true disciple of Christ can aspire to one thing only: to share his passion without expecting any reward. The Christian is called to assume the condition of 'servant' following the footsteps of Christ, thus living his life for others freely and in disinterested manner.
"It is not the search for power and success, but the humble gift of oneself for the good of the Church, that should characterize every act and word of ours. True Christian greatness, in fact, is not in domination but in service."
Reuters and Asia News have news articles about the consistory. John L. Allen, Jr. has several posts about the consistory in his All Things Catholic - Daily News and Updates. Those posts include The Consistory of the Long-Suffering and The Most Democratic Day on the Vatican's Calendar.
Catholic News Service has several articles including one titled Pope creates 23 cardinals from 14 countries.
Sunday's Mass Concelebrated by the Pope and New Cardinals
In his homily at the "Ring Mass," Pope Benedict spoke of today's three Mass readings for the Solemnity of Christ the King as a triptych of "three great scenes: in the center is the Crucifixion, according to the account of the evangelist Luke; on the one hand, the kingly anointing of David by the ancients of Israel; and on the other, the christologic hymn with which St. Paul introduces the Letter to the Colossians [Col. 1:12-20]." The cardinalitial rings, he said, represent the Crucifixion. "May this, dear brothers and sisters, always be for you an invitation to remember which King you serve, the throne on which he was raised, and how he was faithful to the very end in order to defeat sin and death with the power of divine mercy." Considering the hymn from Colossians and the cardinals who have dedicated their lives to the service to the Church, he said, "The Church is that part of humanity in which the kingliness of Christ is already manifest and whose preferential manifestation is peace. It is the new Jerusalem, still imperfect while it is a pilgrim through history, but able to anticipate in some way the heavenly Jerusalem."
The quotations above were taken from Teresa Benedetta's translation at Papa Ratzinger Forum. Since this post was written, the Vatican's official translation has become available. Asia News has an article.
In his address after Mass and before praying the midday Angelus, the Holy Father spoke of the cardinals' primary mission as one of prayer for peace and Christian unity. He drew attention to the request from the USCCB for prayer today for peace among Israelis and Palestinians, in advance of an international peace conference to be held November 27 in Annapolis, Maryland.
Names and Links for Information about the New Cardinal Electors
(with links to the page about each at the Catholic Hierarchy website and more links following some of the names)
1. Archbishop Leonardo Sandri, Prefect of the Congregation for the Oriental Churches
Zenit had an article November 15 from an interview that Cardinal Sandri granted to l'Osservatore Romano earlier that week. In it, Cardinal Sandri lamented Christians' emigration from the Holy Land.
2. Archbishop John Patrick Foley, Pro-Grand Master of the Knights of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem
John L. Allen, Jr. has a transcript of a press conference with new Cardinals Foley and DiNardo. Last month, Francis X. Rocca profiled Cardinal Foley for Religion News Service, and the Immaculate Heart of Mary's Hermitage Report announced "Philadelphia Rejoices for Native Son." Vatican Radio has an audio interview with him.
3. Archbishop Giovanni Lajolo, President of the Pontifical Commission and of the Governorate of Vatican City State.
4. Archbishop Paul Joseph Cordes, President of the Pontifical Council "Cor Unum".
5. Archbishop Angelo Comastri, Archpriest of the Vatican Basilica, Vicar General for Vatican City State and President of the Fabric of St Peter.
6. Archbishop Stanislaw Rylko, President of the Pontifical Council for the Laity.
7. Archbishop Rafaele Farrina, S.D.B., Archivist and Librarian of Holy Roman Church.
9. Archbishop Seán Baptist Brady of Armagh, Ireland.
The BBC has an article about Cardinal Brady's background and his elevation to cardinal. The Belfast Telegraph also has an article about him. Rocco Palma has a post about Cardinal Brady at Whispers in the Loggia, calling his post-consistory reflections among the day's "standout remarks." Rocco posted a good bit of that address, and has the entire text available for download from that post. Vatican Radio has an audio interview with him broadcast yesterday, and another audio broadcast with his thoughts from Friday. Zenit has a November 26 article.
10. Archbishop Lluís Martínez Sistach of Barcelona, Spain.
11. Archbishop André Vingt-Trois of Paris, France.
La-Croix also has articles related to the consistory in French, including an interview with Archbishop Vingt-Trois of the archdiocese of Paris. Here are two segments from that interview in my translation:
Archbishop, as president of the Conference of Bishops and cardinal, how does a Christian see these and this power? I live and receive these events as a special grace. As I think about the election to presidency of the bishops, which was fast, what motivates someone to vote may vary, but the result is a spiritual sign: The Holy Spirit requires it. It was the same thing when the pope asked me to be a cardinal. It is a grace that I receive as a gift from God.
And power? I am not fascinated by the power associated with my responsibility. My way of living ecclesial authority is not by means of exercising an authoritative power, but rather by means of an authority of conviction and assent. . . .
Are you passionate about your mission? Yes, but to be passionate does not mean to be excited! I was very happy in Tours and am truly so in Paris where I have inherited a diocese which functions very well. I was lucky, as they say, but on a Christian level, my spiritual objective is always to better understand the will of God, to better apply it to myself. I do not see myself living it from the dramatic perspective of the anguish of Gethsemane (that is not my situation), but rather from the more peaceful perspective of the Annunciation and Mary's statement: "Be it unto to me according to your word."
Are you a mystic? I am not a mystic. I try to be a believer. I pray! I am not just a man who performs the scheduled exercises. I also have a personal encounter with Christ, particularly by meditation on Scripture, the rosary, adoration of the Blessed Sacrament. . . . Once a month, I have a Monday of silent prayer with priests. Not to forget periods of retreat four or five times a year. . . .
12. Archbishop Angelo Bagnasco of Genoa, Italy.
13. Archbishop Théodore-Adrien Sarr of Dakar, Senegal.
14. Archbishop Oswald Gracias of Bombay, India.
Vatican Radio's article about the events of the consistory mentions Cardinal Gracias in its title and gives special attention in the body of the article to Cardinal Gracias and Cardinal Delly. Vatican Radio also has an outline of Cardinal Gracias' biographical information on a page with links to listen online to radio broadcasts related to the consistory.
15. Archbishop Francisco Robles Ortega of Monterrey, Mexico.
16. Archbishop Daniel DiNardo of Galveston-Houston, U.S.A.
The Houston Chronicle
published questions and answers last week with Cardinal
DiNardo. Catholic News Agency had an article about him earlier this week. Catholic News Service has an article titled Amid celebrations, Texas prelate makes time for prayer, family. Houston's KTRK TV News website has an article announcing Saturday that Houston now has its first cardinal. Allen has a transcript of the press conference. Zenit published an interview with him on Friday. Vatican Radio has an audio interview broadcast November 14.
17. Archbishop Odilo Pedro Scherer of São Paulo, Brazil.
18. Archbishop John Njue of Nairobi, Kenya.
1. H.B. Emmanuel III Delly, Patriarch of Babylon for Chaldeans
Catholic News Service has an article about Cardinal Delly titled Elevation of Chaldean patriarch highlights plight of Iraqi Christians. John L. Allen, Jr. reports about the Pope's explanation of his reason for making Cardinal Delly a cardinal, in Pope says new Iraqi cardinal a sign of 'spiritual closeness'. Zenit has an article from November 25 and a second Zenit article November 26.
2. Archbishop Giovanni Coppa, Apostolic Nuncio;
3. Archbishop emeritus Estanislao Esteban Karlic of Paraná, Argentina;
4. Fr Urbano Navarrete Cortés, S.J., former Rector of the Pontifical Gregorian University; and
5. Fr Umberto Betti, O.F.M., former Rector of the Pontifical Lateran University.
A photo of Cardinal Betti, who cried at the consistory, is offered at Shrine of the Holy Whapping, with comments.