Thursday, October 31, 2013

Lombardi: “Consistory date set for 22 February”

Fr. Lombardi with Pope FrancisFrancis has set 22 February 2014 as the date for the first Consistory for the creation of new cardinals.

Fr. Federico Lombardi announced this, adding that the group of eight cardinals Francis appointed to advise him on Curia reform a few days before this. 

The Synod council, meanwhile, will be meeting shortly after the Consistory.

The Pope announced his decision to hold a Consistory for the creation of new cardinals on 22 February during his meetings with the Council Council of the Synod of Bishops and the Council of eight cardinals appointed to advise him on Curia reform (the G8). 

The work schedules of the two bodies will naturally take the Consistory into account. 

The G8   will hold their third meeting just a few days before the Consistory and the Council of the Synod will meet a few days after it. 

The 15-member Council on economic reform should meet a week before the Consistory

On 22 February the Church celebrates the Feast of the Chair of St. Peter the Apostle. 

This is the date traditionally chosen for the celebration of Consistories for the creation of new cardinals.

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