His Eminence Dario Cardinal Castrillon Hoyos read the text of the Holy Father’s Urbi et Orbi address aloud in Latin.
One might think that the Dean of the College of Cardinals would have read the message, if the Pope himself did not. The Dean is Cardinal Sodano.
Cardinal Castrillon Hoyos is President of the Pontifical Commission Ecclesia Dei.
This is sheer speculation on my part, but I wonder if this is not part of Pope Benedict’s making sure that His Eminence has a little additional face time, especially in the realm of all things Latin.
We should notice too that His Eminence is in a dalmatic, which is entirely appropriate, since he is a Cardinal Deacon of the title SS. Nome di Maria al Foro Traiano. Most curial cardinals, unless they were previously Cardinals as diocesan ordinaries, are Cardinal Deacons. Ordinaries of dioceses are Cardinal Priests. There are only a handleful of Cardinal Bishops, whose titles are the little suburbicarian dioceses surrounding Rome.
In any event, we have not yet seen the Latin text of the Urbi et Orbi released to the City and the World, except via voce, of course. I am curious to hear the style.