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Archbishop Ricardo Blazquz Perez of Valladolid, who will be made a cardinal Feb. 14, 2015.

Austerity marks the life of Archbishop Blazquez, Spain's next cardinal

Feb 8, 2015

Archbishop Ricardo Blazquez Perez' friends say one of his first decisions as Archbishop of Valladolid was to set aside part... Read more

Pope Francis greets Archbishop Edoardo Menichelli of Ancona-Osimo, who will be made a cardinal Feb. 14, at the Vatican on Jan. 4, 2015.

Archbishop Edoardo Menichelli: a talented preacher and soon-to-be cardinal

Feb 6, 2015

By Andrea Gagliarducci

When he learned in January Pope Francis would make him a cardinal, Archbishop Edoardo Menichelli of Ancona-Osimo did not want... Read more

A Cardinal's biretta rests on an empty chair.

Cape Verde, Africa is getting its first cardinal

Feb 3, 2015

At the beginning of the year, Pope Francis announced that among the 20 men he would make cardinal on Feb.... Read more

Cardinals pray together at the most recent consistory, held Feb. 22, 2014.

Worldliness 'stuns more than grappa on a fast,' Pope tells new cardinals

Jan 24, 2015

By Elise Harris

In a letter to the 20 bishops who will be elevated to the cardinalate next month, Pope Francis said that... Read more

Archbishop Alberto Suarez Inda of Morelia, who will be made a cardinal during the Feb. 14 consistory.

Head of drug war-torn Mexican diocese to become a cardinal

Jan 9, 2015

Pope Francis announced Jan. 4 that among the 20 men who will be named cardinals at the next consistory is... Read more

St. Peter's Basilica.

Will the appointment of new cardinals advance reform?

Jan 5, 2015

In creating 20 new cardinals – 15 of whom will be cardinal electors – Pope Francis has continued to set... Read more

Cardinals pray together at the most recent consistory, held Feb. 22, 2014.

Pope Francis' new cardinals shed light on Church's minorities

Jan 4, 2015

By Elise Harris

In his Sunday Angelus address Pope Francis announced the names of the 15 bishops to be created cardinal electors in... Read more

Cardinals at the Feb. 23, 2014 Mass at St. Peter's Basilica.

Cardinals bring 'voice of poor' to Vatican

Feb 23, 2014

Pope Francis’ appointment of new cardinals from distant and impoverished countries has helped bring the topic of pastoral care for... Read more

Pope Francis leans down to a girl at Feb. 23 Sunday Mass at St. Peter's Basilica,

Christian leaders should serve, says Pope

Feb 23, 2014

In his Sunday Angelus message, Pope Francis spoke about the importance of service rather than special privilege in the Christian... Read more

Cardinals at the Feb. 22 consistory.

Cardinals' meetings focus concern on marriage, family

Feb 22, 2014

In a series of closed-door meetings this week, cardinals from around the world expressed a common care and concern for... Read more

Pope Francis embraces a new cardinal at the Feb. 22 consistory, February 22, 2014.

'The Church needs your courage,' Pope tells new cardinals

Feb 22, 2014

During the Saturday morning consistory at which Pope Francis created 19 new Cardinals, he urged the prelates gathered in St.... Read more

Pope Francis celebrates Mass in remembrance of Bishops and Cardinals who died during the past year on Nov. 4, 2013.

Pope Francis urges cardinals to reflect deeply on family life

Feb 20, 2014

Pope Francis met briefly this morning with cardinals who had gathered for a meeting to reflect on the theme of... Read more

Pope Benedict XVI in St. Peter's Basilica during the consistory of cardinals on Nov. 24, 2012.

Pope names holiness, unity and peace as cardinals' mission

Nov 27, 2012

Pope Benedict XVI met with six new cardinals and their families, just two days after they made their vows, and... Read more

Cardinals greet each other after the consistory on November 24, 2012 in St. Peter's Basilica.

New cardinals excited, honored at elevation by Pope

Nov 26, 2012

The six new cardinals from various parts of the globe shared their excitement after making their vows to Pope Benedict... Read more

Pope Benedict XVI celebrates a consistory on Nov. 24 2012 in St. Peter's Basilica.

Pope Benedict creates six non-European cardinals

Nov 24, 2012

Pope Benedict XVI presided over the creation of six new cardinals Nov. 24, and in a unusual occurrence, none of... Read more

Pope Benedict XVI gives Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan of New York his biretta and cardinal's ring at the Feb. 2012 consistory.

Pope announces six new cardinals, including an American

Oct 24, 2012

At today's general audience, Pope Benedict XVI announced he will appoint six new cardinals, including an American, at a consistory... Read more

Cardinal Edwin F. O'Brien meets Cardinal Keith P. O'Brien of St. Andrews & Edinburgh, Scotland for the first time on Feb. 19, 2012

Cardinal O’Brien meets Cardinal O’Brien

Feb 21, 2012

You don’t have to be named O’Brien to become a cardinal, but it seems to help. Just after Cardinal Edwin... Read more

Pope Benedict XVI in the Pope Paul VI Hall

Pope says new cardinals recall Church’s universal mission

Feb 20, 2012

Pope Benedict XVI told the family and friends of the Church’s newest batch of cardinals that this weekend’s consistory was... Read more

Cardinal Edwin O'Brien receives congratulations on Feb. 18, 2012 at the Pontifical North American College in Rome

Cardinal O’Brien: I will serve the Pope with my whole heart

Feb 20, 2012

Cardinal Edwin F. O’Brien says he will faithfully serve Pope Benedict XVI with his “whole heart.” The emeritus Archbishop of... Read more

Debbie and Fred Williams speak with CNA in Rome on Feb. 17, 2012

Cardinal-designate Dolan’s sister thrilled for her big brother

Feb 17, 2012

Over 1,000 Americans are arriving in Rome for the elevation of Archbishop Timothy Dolan of New York to the College... Read more