There’s lots of talk in Rome suddenly that Pope Benedict is about to name new cardinals. In fact, the Italian news agency that broke the story says the consistory will happen on February 22. I’m not surprised.
I predicted this back in November based on simple logic. The College of Cardinals is depleted by age and is currently 9 members short of its normative level of 120 cardinal-electors, a shortage which will only increase in the next year as cardinals reach the age of 80. And in the recent past, consistories have taken place in the September-October time frame or in February, that is outside of either the Lent-Easter seasons or Advent-Christmas seasons.
Who will be named?
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