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Cardinal McCarrick.

Pope Francis accepts resignation of McCarrick from College of Cardinals

Jul 28, 2018

By Hannah Brockhaus

Saturday Pope Francis accepted the resignation of Theodore McCarrick from the College of Cardinals, suspending him from the rights and... Read more

Pope Francis surrounded by cardinals during Mass, June 29, 2015.

Why cardinals have ranks, and how Pope Francis changed them

Jun 26, 2018

By Andrea Gagliarducci

Pope Francis made an unexpected change Tuesday in the structure of the College of Cardinals, adding some curial officials to... 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 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

A cardinal's biretta rests on an empty chair.

Long-serving Cardinal Baum lived a generous response to God

Jul 25, 2015

Cardinal William W. Baum, a past Archbishop of Washington and the longest-serving American cardinal, died on Thursday at the age... 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 celebrates Mass with new cardinals Feb. 15, 2015.

Take the red hat, but leave your 'spiritual box' behind, Pope tells cardinals

Feb 15, 2015

By Elise Harris

After elevating 20 new cardinals, Pope Francis reminded them that true honor is found in service, and urged them to... 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

Consistory of cardinals held Nov. 4, 2012.

New cardinals highlight Global South, pastoral experience

Jan 13, 2014

The 19 men chosen to be named cardinals in February stresses Pope Francis' attention on the peripheries of the Church,... Read more

Pope Francis celebrates Mass for the Feast of the Epiphany in St. Peter's Basilica on Jan. 6, 2014.

Pope's first cardinals represent peripheries of the world

Jan 12, 2014

Today Pope Francis announced the names of the 19 men from various parts of the globe who will be appointed... Read more

Pope Francis greets the pilgrims in St. Peter's Square and delivers his first Urbi et Orbi blessing.

Pope Francis: cardinals went to end of world to find me

Mar 13, 2013

Pope Francis began his first words to the Church by saying that the cardinals “went to the end of the... Read more

The third vote results in black smoke on the morning of March 13, 2013.

Healthier cardinals means earlier smoke signals

Mar 13, 2013

The smoke signals that indicate whether or not a new Pope has been chosen might be earlier than in the... Read more

The cardinals enter the Sistine Chapel for the papal conclave to elect a new pope on the morning of March 12, 2013.

Three cardinals entered conclave with strong candidacies

Mar 13, 2013

By Andrea Gagliarducci

Last night black smoke poured out of the Sistine Chapel smoke stack, leaving no doubt that a single cardinal was... Read more

Black Smoke pours out of the chimney of the Sistine Chapel as seen from St. Peter's Square.

No Pope after third round of voting

Mar 13, 2013

At 11:38 a.m. local time on March 13, black smoke rose from the Sistine Chapel’s chimney, indicating that the cardinals... Read more

 Monsignor Guido Marini closes the Sistine Chapel door as the Conclave begins on March 12, 2013.

Cardinals will begin conclave with songs, prayers and oaths

Mar 12, 2013

The doors of the Sistine Chapel will be closed this evening with the declaration “extra omnes” – everyone out, beginning... Read more

Cardinal Angelo Sodano celebrates Mass in St. Peter's Basilica on March 12, 2013.

Cardinal Sodano prays for Pope generous in charity

Mar 12, 2013

The dean of the College of Cardinals celebrated Mass this morning and prayed for a new Pope that will embrace... Read more

Father Federico Lombardi responds to questions from the press on March 6, 2013.

New Pope will have adoration before his presentation

Mar 11, 2013

In a change to past papal elections, the new Pope will have the chance to adore Jesus in the Eucharist... Read more