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Pope Francis meets with cardinals at the Vatican Sept. 30 during the consistory in which he announced April 27 as the date for the canonization of Blesseds John XIII and John Paul II. (CNS photo/L'Osservatore Romano via Reuters)

Via Vatican Radio:

The Holy See Press Office has confirmed a Consistory to create new Cardinals will be held next February. Pope Francis had informed both the Council of Cardinals and the Council of the Synod of his intention earlier this month, according to statement issued by Rev. Federico Lombardi, SJ, the head of the Press Office.

The Consistory will be on the Feast of the Chair of St. Peter, February 22, 2014. Pope Francis decided to make the date known so that other meetings could be planned which involve Cardinals from around the world.

Father Lombardi said a Meeting of the 8 member Council of Cardinals could be expected to happen before the Consistory, as has been customary with his predecessors. Prior to this meeting, will be the third meeting of the Council of Cardinals, while a meeting of the Council of the Synod will start two days after the Consistory.

Father Lombardi said a meeting of the 15 Member Council of Cardinals for the Study of Organisational and Economic Problems of the Holy See will also happen, as usual, in February. Although the date is not confirmed, it will probably be before the Consistory.

As for who the new Cardinals would be, Father Lombardi did not bring up the subject in his statement, although in previous Consistories, the names were usually announced a few weeks in advance.

 

 
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