Magazine article The Christian Century

Red Hats Going to Rigali, 30 Others

Magazine article The Christian Century

Red Hats Going to Rigali, 30 Others

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Pope John Paul II, as part of this month's 25th anniversary of his pontificate, will create 31 new cardinals in Vatican ceremonies on October 21, bringing to 135 the number of redhatted prelates eligible to elect his successor.

The newest cardinals include one American, Justin Rigali--a California-born priest, bishop and now archbishop of Philadelphia who worked for years in the Vatican bureaucracy.

In making the announcement on September 28, John Paul noted that for the second time he was appointing more electors than the limit of 120 established by Pope Paul VI. The appointments bring the total membership in the College of Cardinals to a record 195. But only those under the age of 80 may vote for a new pope. The new list also includes six Italians, Canadian Marc Ouellet, a Scot, an Australian and one who was left unnamed at present.

The October consistory, an assembly of cardinals presided over by the pope, is the ninth that John Paul has called to create new cardinals. …

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