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Chilean Cardinal Jorge Medina Estévez (1926-2021).

Pope Francis mourns ‘self-sacrificing’ cardinal who announced Benedict XVI’s election

Oct 4, 2021

By Hannah Brockhaus

Cardinal Jorge Arturo Medina Estévez died Oct. 3 at the age of 94. Read more

Cardinal Alexandre José Maria dos Santos (1924-2021).

First Mozambique-born cardinal dies at age of 97

Oct 1, 2021

By Courtney Mares

He is remembered for promoting peace amid Mozambique’s bloody civil war. Read more

Cardinal Albert Vanhoye, S.J.

Pope Francis mourns ‘authoritative biblical scholar’ Cardinal Albert Vanhoye

Jul 30, 2021

By CNA Staff

The French Jesuit was the world’s oldest cardinal at the time of his death. Read more

Cardinal George Pell at the annual Eucharistic procession at the Angelicum in Rome, May 13, 2021.

Cardinal George Pell turns 80, loses right to vote in papal conclave

Jun 8, 2021

By Hannah Brockhaus

Cardinal George Pell turned has turned 80 years old, losing his eligibility to vote in a future papal conclave. Read more

Cardinal Sebastian Koto Khoarai.

Pope Francis mourns ‘tireless’ first cardinal of Lesotho

Apr 20, 2021

Cardinal Sebastian Koto Khoarai inspired a wave of baptisms and priestly vocations in the African nation Read more

Screenshot from a video of Cardinal Christian Tumi taken while he was held captive overnight in Nov. 2020.

Cardinal who worked for peace in Cameroon has died

Apr 3, 2021

By Courtney Mares

Cardinal Christian Wiyghan Tumi, Cameroon’s first cardinal and a dedicated advocate for peace in the country’s Anglophone crisis, has died... Read more

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

The College of Cardinals in 2021: Who could vote in a future papal conclave

Jan 6, 2021

By CNA Staff

As of the first month of 2021, the College of Cardinals is composed of 229 members, 128 of whom are... Read more

Pope Francis creates new cardinals at a consistory in St. Peter’s Basilica on Oct. 5, 2019.

Vatican confirms that two cardinals-designate will be absent from consistory

Nov 23, 2020

The Vatican confirmed Monday that two cardinals-designate will not receive their red hats from Pope Francis in Rome this Saturday.  Read more

Papal preacher Fr. Raniero Cantalamessa at the liturgy for the Lord's Passion in St. Peter's Basilica on Good Friday, March 30, 2018.

‘A simple priest of the Church’: Papal preacher prepares to be made a cardinal

Nov 19, 2020

By Hannah Brockhaus

For more than 60 years, Fr. Raniero Cantalamessa has preached the Word of God as a priest -- and he... Read more

Cardinal Gualtiero Bassetti, president of the Italian bishops’ conference.

Italian cardinal tests positive for COVID-19

Oct 29, 2020

By Courtney Mares

Cardinal Gualtiero Bassetti, the president of the Italian bishops’ conference, has tested positive for COVID-19.  Read more

Cardinal Angelo Becciu, center, in 2015.

What does it mean for Becciu to lose his rights as a cardinal?

Sep 25, 2020

By Courtney Mares

The Vatican announced Thursday night that Cardinal Angelo Becciu had resigned from the rights extended to members of the College... Read more

Cardinal Marian Jaworski, center, pictured in 2006.

Pope Francis pays tribute to ‘courageous’ cardinal who was close to St. John Paul II

Sep 8, 2020

Pope Francis paid tribute Monday to a cardinal whose life was intertwined with that of St. John Paul II.  Read more

Cardinal Marian Jaworski.

Cardinal Jaworski, friend of St. John Paul II, dies at age 94

Sep 7, 2020

A cardinal who was close to St. John Paul II died Saturday, two weeks after his 94th birthday.  Read more

The future Cardinal Adrianus Simonis, pictured Jan. 17, 1981.

Pope Francis sends condolences after death of Cardinal Simonis

Sep 3, 2020

By Courtney Mares

Pope Francis offered his condolences Thursday after Dutch Cardinal Adrianus Simonis died at the age of 88.  Read more

Cardinal Renato Corti (1936-2020).

Pope Francis praises late cardinal’s ‘gentleness of spirit’

May 12, 2020

Pope Francis has paid tribute to the Italian Cardinal Renato Corti, who died May 12 aged 84.  Read more

Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle of Manila, Philippines.

Pope Francis raises Cardinal Tagle to new rank

May 1, 2020

Pope Francis has raised Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle to the rank of cardinal bishop in a new sign of his... Read more

The College of Cardinals celebrates Mass March 12, 2013 before entering the Sistine Chapel for the papal conclave.

Cardinal Re elected new dean of the College of Cardinals

Jan 25, 2020

By Courtney Mares

Cardinal Giovanni Battista Re has been elected the new dean of the College of Cardinals with Cardinal Leonardo Sandri as... Read more

Pope Francis with Cardinal Angelo Sodano.

Pope Francis accepts resignation of dean of cardinals, sets 5-year term limit

Dec 21, 2019

By Hannah Brockhaus

Pope Francis Saturday accepted the resignation of Cardinal Angelo Sodano as dean of the College of Cardinals and declared that... 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

Cardinals gathered at St. Peter's Basilica on April 11, 2015 during the Convocation of the Year of Mercy.

Cardinal Achille Silvestrini dies at age 95

Aug 29, 2019

By Hannah Brockhaus

Cardinal Achille Silvestrini, former prefect of the Congregation for Eastern Churches and a long-time Vatican diplomat, died at his home... Read more