CNA has this:

Vatican City, Jan 5, 2012 / 05:12 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Vatican is refusing to deny media speculation that Pope Benedict XVI will announce a list of new cardinals as early as tomorrow.

“You will have to wait for an announcement but there is no announcement to be made at the moment,” Vatican spokesman Fr. Federico Lombardi told CNA Jan. 5.

Several Italian newspapers are claiming that the Pope will announce he is convoking a consistory in Rome for Saturday, Feb. 18.


The United States currently has 17 cardinals but only 10 of them can serve as electors.


I pray the number of Italians will be low.

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  1. RichR says:

    Interesting to note that two of WDTPRS’s favorite Cardinals are at the bottom of the list on the page linked by the esteemed canonist. IOW, they are the furthest away from 80 y.o. ineligibility to vote.

    Ad multos annos. May HH pick some more “young-in’s”.

  2. Norah says:

    I pray the number of Italians will be low.


  3. Centristian says:

    Oh good, a consistory. Let’s “occupy” St. Peter’s Square with “Restore the Galero, now!” signs.

  4. PhilipNeri says:

    “I pray that the number of Italians will be low.”

    Dalla tua bocca all’orecchio di Dio!

    Fr. Philip Neri, OP

  5. Ioannes Andreades says:

    “I pray the number of Italians will be low.”

    Well, I think there will have to be at least three of these four:
    Filoni (Evangelization of Peoples)
    Betori (Florence)
    Bertello (Governatorate, Vatican City State)
    Calcagno (Patrimony of Ap. See)

    If the see of Venice were not vacant, the new patriarch would probably get a red hat too. For me, the question is how many curial officials will be named cardinal versus how many ordinaries of large dioceses.

  6. I can still pray that Bp Athanasius Schneider gets a red hat…that would send a message.

  7. Phil_NL says:

    The list, at least according to

    Created Cardinal:
    Fernando Filoni, Prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples; Age: 65.8
    Manuel Monteiro de Castro, Major Penitentiary of the Apostolic Penitentiary; Age: 73.9
    Santos Abril y Castelló, Vice-Chamberlain of the Apostolic Chamber; Age: 76.4
    Antonio Maria Vegliò, President of the Pontifical Council for Pastoral Care of Migrants and Itinerant People; Age: 74.0
    Giuseppe Bertello, President of the Governatorate of Vatican City State; Age: 69.4
    Francesco Coccopalmerio, President of the Pontifical Council for Legislative Texts; Age: 73.9
    João Bráz de Aviz, Prefect of the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life; Age: 64.8
    Edwin Frederick O’Brien, Pro-Grand Master of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem; Age: 72.9
    Domenico Calcagno, President of the Administration of the Patrimony of the Apostolic See; Age: 69.0
    Giuseppe Versaldi, President of the Prefecture for the Economic Affairs of the Holy See; Age: 68.6
    George Alencherry, Major Archbishop of Ernakulam-Angamaly (Syro-Malabarese), India; Age: 66.8
    Thomas Christopher Collins, Archbishop of Toronto, Ontario, Canada; Age: 65.1
    Dominik Jaroslav Duka, O.P., Archbishop of Praha {Prague}, Czech Republic; Age: 68.8
    Willem Jacobus Eijk, Archbishop of Utrecht, Netherlands; Age: 58.7
    Giuseppe Betori, Archbishop of Firenze {Florence}, Italy; Age: 65.0
    Timothy Michael Dolan, Archbishop of New York, New York, USA; Age: 62.0
    Rainer Maria Woelki, Archbishop of Berlin, Germany; Age: 55.5
    John Tong Hon, Bishop of Hong Kong [Xianggang], China; Age: 72.5
    Count: 18; Average Age: 68.0

    Created Cardinal (Non-Voting):
    Lucian Mure?an, Major Archbishop of F?g?ra? ?i Alba Iulia (Romanian), Romania; Age: 80.7
    Julien Ries, Priest of Namur {Namen}, Belgium; Age: 91.8
    Prosper Grech, O.S.A., Priest of Order of St. Augustine; Age: 86.2
    Karl Josef Becker, S.J., Priest of Society of Jesus; Age: 83.8
    Count: 4; Average Age: 85.6

  8. Phil_NL says:

    Catholic Hierarchy (and others, no doubt) have the list, but as my comment quoting the list verbatim went into moderation, I’ll not link it again.

    Unless I’m confusing a spaniard and an Italian, we’re looking at 6 Italians, with Versaldi and Veglio curial candiates not mentioned above. Given the fact they head the two dicasteries that, in my book, have completely lost any credit, I’ll refrain from further comment on them.

    On the other hand, I’m glad to see Abp Eijk on the list, he’s young and solid, and will have more authority to set things straight here in the Low Countries. Also noteworthy is that the curial candidates are a lot older than the diocesan bishops; let’s hope that BXVI will be able to ‘replace’ some in the latter category after they turn 80.

  9. Liz says:

    Archbiship Dolan shared this morning on his blog and FB page that he would be among these. Woohoo! God bless him!

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