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Pope Francis places the red biretta on Cardinal Miguel Ángel Ayuso Guixot Oct. 5, 2019.

Pope Francis urges new cardinals to imitate Christ’s compassionate heart

Oct 5, 2019

By Courtney Mares

Pope Francis created 13 new cardinals Saturday, encouraging each of them to ask for the grace to have a compassionate... Read more

Pope Francis waves in St. Peter's Square May 8, 2019.

Pope Francis to create 13 new cardinals in October consistory

Sep 1, 2019

By Hannah Brockhaus

Pope Francis announced Sunday he will create 13 new cardinals, from every part of the world, in a consistory Oct.... Read more

A view of St. Peter's Basilica from the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross, April 14, 2016.

With new cardinals on the horizon, what's next for the Roman Curia?

May 29, 2018

By Andrea Gagliarducci

Pope Francis’ announcement of a consistory to create new cardinals will also have consequences for the offices of the Roman... Read more

Pope Francis greets cardinals and bishops on Oct. 11, 2017.

Analysis: With new appointments, Pope Francis puts his mark on the College of Cardinals

May 21, 2018

By Andrea Gagliarducci

Pope Francis’ fifth consistory marks an important shift within the College of Cardinals: it is the first time in the... Read more

Pope Francis smiles during an encounter in St. Peter's Square Oct. 14, 2017.

Pope announces June 29 consistory to create 14 new cardinals

May 20, 2018

By Hannah Brockhaus

There will be a consistory June 29 to create 14 new cardinals, each of whom express the “universality” of the... Read more

Pope Francis creates five new cardinals during a consistory in St. Peter's Basilica on June 28, 2017.

Four reasons why this consistory was an unusual one

Jul 1, 2017

By Andrea Gagliarducci

A consistory is a gathering of cardinals, which the Pope can convoke to give solemnity to a particular decision, or... Read more

Pope Francis creates five new cardinals during a consistory in St. Peter's Basilica on June 28, 2017.

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

Jun 28, 2017

By Hannah Brockhaus

On Wednesday, Pope Francis created five new cardinals, encouraging them to walk with Jesus, keeping their eyes fixed securely on... Read more

Auxiliary Bishop Jose Gregorio Rosa Chavez of San Salvador, who will be made a cardinal at a June 28, 2017 consistory.

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

Jun 21, 2017

Pope Francis' decision to elevate Bishop José Gregorio Rosa Chávez is unprecedented: not only is he the first Salvadoran cardinal,... Read more

Participants begin to enter the Vatican's Synod Hall before the Friday session of the Synod on the Family Oct. 10, 2014.

Pope Francis announces new June 28 consistory

May 21, 2017

By Elise Harris

During his Regina Coeli address Sunday, Pope Francis announced to pilgrims that he will be holding a June 28 consistory... Read more

Blessed Francisco and Jacinta Marto.

Consistory announced to approve Fatima children's canonization

Apr 11, 2017

Pope Francis will hold an ordinary public consistory on April 20, where the cardinals of the Church are expected to... Read more

Cardinal Joseph Tobin greets guests at the Pontifical North American College Nov. 19, 2016.

American cardinals reflect after Pope's anti-division comments

Nov 19, 2016

By Elise Harris

When Pope Francis spoke out sharply against the “virus of polarization,” three new American cardinals saw a chance for a... Read more

Pope Francis elevates 17 new cardinals during the Nov. 19, 2016, consistory.

Pope warns new cardinals against falling into polemics, division

Nov 19, 2016

By Elise Harris

On Saturday Pope Francis handed a red hat to 17 new cardinals, warning them against the danger of falling into... Read more

Cardinal's biretta.

So what is a consistory, anyway?

Nov 18, 2016

By Andrea Gagliarducci

In a simple rite this Saturday, 17 prelates will receive a red biretta from Pope Francis and thus join the... Read more

Red cardinal's biretta.

New Venezuelan cardinal says country's crisis prompted red hat

Nov 18, 2016

By Elise Harris

Venezuelan Archbishop Baltazar Enrique Porras Cardozo is one of the Pope's picks from the peripheries who will get a red... Read more

Cardinals gathered in St. Peter's Basilica for a consistory, Nov. 4, 2012.

What's the thought behind Pope Francis' choices for cardinals?

Oct 12, 2016

By Andrea Gagliarducci

With the Consistory of Cardinals in November, Pope Francis will shape the College of Cardinals to give the widest representation... Read more

Pope Francis embraces Rev. Ernest Troshani in Tirana's St. Paul Cathedral, Albania.

Albanian priest who moved the Pope to be named Cardinal

Oct 9, 2016

The Albanian priest whose testimony moved Pope Francis to tears in 2014 is one of the 17 international bishops and... Read more

Participants begin to enter the Vatican's Synod Hall before the Friday session of the Synod on the Family, Oct. 10, 2014.

Pope Francis announces new consistory to coincide with close of Jubilee

Oct 9, 2016

By Elise Harris

On Sunday Pope Francis announced that he will hold a consistory of cardinals on the Nov. 19 vigil of the... Read more

Pope Francis celebrates Mass with new Cardinals in St. Peter's Basilica on Feb. 15, 2015.

New cardinals speak out on perils, potential of a globalized society

Feb 18, 2015

Pope Francis' newly elevated cardinals reflected on their roles as shepherds within a vast, multicultural Church – and the many... Read more

Pope Francis and cardinals at the consistory Feb. 14, 2015.

Pope Francis' call to new cardinals: be captivated by truth

Feb 14, 2015

By Ann Schneible

Pope Francis welcomed the Catholic Church’s newest cardinals on Saturday, encouraging them to center themselves in Jesus Christ as they... Read more

A view of St. Peter's Basilica from the Augustianum in Rome, Feb. 11, 2015.

At the consistory, a strong dedication to Vatican reforms

Feb 13, 2015

By Andrea Gagliarducci

Reform was the watchword as cardinals met at the Vatican for briefings about the state of Vatican finances and about... Read more