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)
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.
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.
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
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
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.