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Archbishop Virgilio do Carmo da Silva of Dili, who will be made a cardinal Aug. 27, says Mass April 9, 2016.

East Timor cardinal-elect 'almost fainted' when he heard Pope Francis had chosen him

May 31, 2022

By Jonah McKeown

The newest — and first — cardinal-elect of the island nation of East Timor says he was completely surprised by... Read more

A consistory for the creation of new cardinals in St. Peter’s Basilica on Oct. 5, 2019.

What message is Pope Francis sending with his choice of new cardinals?

May 30, 2022

By Andrea Gagliarducci

The pope will create 21 new cardinals on Aug. 27. Read more

Robert W. McElroy, Archbishop of San Diego speaks with participants through the fence during the 23rd Posada Sin Fronteras where worshipers gather on both sides of the US-Mexican border fence for a Christmas celebration, at Friendship Park and Playas de Tijuana in San Ysidro, California on December 10, 2016.

Bishops in US congratulate Bishop McElroy on his elevation to cardinal

May 29, 2022

By CNA Staff

Archbishops José Gomez of Los Angeles and Salvatore Cordileone of San Francisco both welcomed the announcement Sunday that Bishop Robert... Read more

Bishop Robert McElroy. CNA file photo.

What to know about Bishop Robert McElroy, who will soon be a cardinal

May 29, 2022

By Jonah McKeown

McElroy has led the San Diego diocese since 2015. Read more

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

Pope Francis names 21 new cardinals, including US Bishop McElroy

May 29, 2022

By CNA Staff

The pope made the announcement after the Regina Coeli. Read more

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

Is Pope Francis about to name new cardinals?

May 27, 2022

By Andrea Gagliarducci

The last consistory creating new cardinals was in November 2020. Read more

Cardinal Carlos Amigo Vallejo (1934-2022).

Spanish Cardinal Carlos Amigo dies at age 87 after lung surgery

Apr 27, 2022

By Hannah Brockhaus

He was an advocate for dialogue between Christians, Muslims, and Jews. Read more

Cardinal Javier Lozano Barragán

Mexican Cardinal Javier Lozano Barragán has died at the age of 89

Apr 20, 2022

By Courtney Mares

The Mexican cardinal is remembered as a strong voice of opposition to abortion and euthanasia. Read more

Cardinal Luigi De Magistris (1926-2022).

Pope Francis recalls late Italian cardinal’s ‘love for the ministry of reconciliation’

Feb 16, 2022

By CNA Staff

Cardinal Luigi De Magistris died days before his 96th birthday. Read more

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