The Press Office of the Holy See informed that the Holy Father named Cardinal Pietro Parolin, secretary of State, pontifical legate for the opening celebrations of the Jubilar Year Verginiano, for the ninth centennial of the foundation of the Abbey of Santa Maria in Montevergine, Italy, which will be on Sunday May 28, 2023, Solemnity of Pentecost.
Additional details have been included in the biograhical entries of Cardinals Antonio Poma (1969); Joseph Höffner (1969); Giuseppe Paupini (1969) and Ugo Poletti (1973), kindly provided by Mr. Eman Bonnici, from Malta.
The Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) informed that the remains of Cardinal José Tomás Sánchez, prefect emeritus of the Congregation for the Clergy, will be transferred from the crypt of cathedral of Novaliches in Quezon City to the cathedral of Virac on March 17, 2023, the cardinal's 103rd birthday.
Communique of the Press Office of the Holy See:
The Holy Father, having to renovate the Council of Cardinals because the mandate of the precedent one had finished, has named members of the new Council the following cardinals:
Pietro Parolin, secretary of State; Fernando Vérgez Alzaga, L.C., president of the Pontifical Commission for the State of Vatican City and president of the Governatorate of the State of Vatican City; Fridolin Ambongo Besungu, O.F.M. Cap., archbishop of Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo; Oswald Gracias, archbishop of Bombay, India; Seán Patrick O'Malley, O.F.M.Cap., archbishop of Boston, Massachusetts, United States of America; Juan José Omella Omella, archbishop of Barcelona, Spain; Gérald Cyprien Lacroix, I.S.P.X., archbishop of Québec, Canada; Jean-Claude Höllerich, S.I., archbishop of Luxembourg, Luxembourg; and Sérgio da Rocha, archbishop of São Salvador da Bahia, Brazil.
Additional details have been included in the biographical entries of Cardinals Simone Brossano (1375); Gustave-Maximilien-Juste de Croy (1825); Fréderic de Falloux du Coudray (1877); Johannes von Montel (quasi-cardinal) (1897); Grégoire-Pierre XV Agagianian (1946); Giuseppe Siri (1953); Paul-Emile Léger, P.S.S. (1953) and Aloisius Joseph Muench (1959), kindly provided by Mr. Eman Bonnici, from Malta.
The Press Office of the Holy See informed that the Holy Father named Cardinal Arthur Roche, prefect of the Dicastery for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, member of the Pontifical Commission for the State of Vatican City.
The Press Office of the Holy See informed that the Holy Father named members of the Dicastery for Culture and Education Cardinals Louis Raphaël Sako, patriarch of Baghdad of the Chaldeans (Iraq); Marc Ouellet, P.S.S., prefect emeritus of the Dicastery for Bishops; Luis Antonio Gokim Tagle, pro-prefect for the Section for the first evangelization and the new particular Churches of the Dicastery for Evangelization; Luis Francisco Ladaria Ferrer, S.I., prefect of the Dicastery for the Doctrine of the Faith; Lazzaro You Heung-sik, prefect of the Dicastery for the Clergy; Odilo Pedro Scherer, archbishop of São Paulo, Brazil; Kazimierz Nycz, archbishop of Warszaw, Poland; Gérald Cyprien Lacroix, of the Secular Institute Pius X, archbishop of Québec, Canada; José Luis Lacunza Maestrojuán, O.A.R., bishop of David, Panamá; Jozef De Kesel, archbishop of Mechelen-Brussel, Belgium; Carlos Aguiar Retes, archbishop of México, México; Joseph William Tobin, C.SS.R., archbishop of Newark, New Jersey, United States of America; Jean-Claude Höllerich, S.I., archbishop of Luxembourg, Luxembourg; Antoine Kambanda, archbishop of Kigali, Rwanda; and Celestino Aós Braco, O.F.M.Cap., archbishop of Santiago, Chile.
The Press Office of the Holy See informed that the Holy Father named member of the Dicastery for the Causes of the Saints Cardinal António Augusto dos Santos Marto, bishop emeritus of Leiria-Fátima, Portugal.
The Symposium des Conferences Episcopales d'Afrique et Madagascar informed that Cardinal Fridolin Ambongo Besungu, O.F.M.Cap., archbishop of Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo, was elected its president.
The Press Office of the Holy See informed that the Holy Father has accepted the resignation from the pastoral government of the archdiocese of Toronto, Canada, presented by Cardinal Thomas Christopher Collins. To succeed him, the Holy Father named Frank Leo, until then titular bishop of Tamada and auxiliary of the archdiocese of Montréal. Cardinal Collins will be apostolic administrator of Toronto until the installation of his successor on March 25, 2023.
L'Osservatore Romano informed that on the morning of Sunday February 5, 2023, Nigerian Cardinal Peter Ebere Okpaleke, bishop of Ekwulobia, solemnly took possession of the title of the Santi Martiri dell'Uganda a Poggio Ameno. Arriving in the Roman church in via Adolfo Ravà, the cardinal was welcomed by the parish priest Luigi D'Errico, who presented him with the crucifix for kissing and veneration. The cardinal then presided over the Mass, concelebrated, among others, by the Comboni missionary Torquato Paolucci, for thirty-five years in Uganda, by Anthony Chiegboka, vicar general of the diocese of Ekwulobia, and by numerous Nigerian priests. Monsignor L'ubomír Welnitz, pontifical cerimoniere, directed the rite.
Cardinal Domenico Calcagno, president emeritus of the Administration of the Patrimony of the Apostolic See, turned eighty years old and, according to the regulation in the seventh paragraph of the introduction of the apostolic constitution Universi Dominici gregis, lost the right to participate in the conclave.
The number of cardinals is 223. The cardinal electors are now 123; and the cardinal non-electors are now 100.
ABC News informed that hundreds of mourners packed into Sydney's St. Mary's cathedral for the funeral of Cardinal George Pell, archbishop emeritus of Sydney and prefect emeritus of the Secretariat for the Economy.
The number of cardinals is 223. The cardinal electors are now 124; and the cardinal non-electors are now 99.
L'Osservatore Romano published the deed for the pious transit of His Holiness Benedict XVI Pope Emeritus: Obitus, depositio et tumulatio Benedicti XVI, pp. emeriti, sanctae memoriae
Requiem Mass for Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, Vatican News, YouTube.
L'Osservatore Romano informed that gratitude and affection are being expressed, in these hours, by the people who, in the style of prayer, are paying their last respects to Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI. Since this morning, the body of the late pope emeritus has been on display in St. Peter's Basilica. At 7 a.m. the transfer took place from the Mater Ecclesiae monastery, in the Vatican Gardens, where he died at 9:34 a.m. on Saturday December 31. The basilica will remain open today until 7 p.m.; Tuesday January 3rd and Wednesday January 4th from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.. The funeral will be celebrated on Thursday January 5, at 9:30 a.m., in Piazza San Pietro. The rite will be presided over by Pope Francis who, on Saturday December 31 in the morning, having heard the news of his death, immediately went to the Mater Ecclesiae monastery. At the end of the funeral, the Pope Emeritus will be buried in the Vatican Grottoes, in the same chapel where the body of Pope John Paul II and, previously, of Pope John XXIII were placed.
The Press Office of the Holy See published the first photographs of the body of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI in the Monastery Mater Ecclesiae at the Vatican.
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