I had a heads-up from a friend in Rome … who runs the Catholic news in 5 languages Web site ‘The Seismograph‘. Since he lives in the shadow of the Domus, I tend to give his scoops a lot of credence. He also has friends in the right places (as I have discovered).
We have a clarification. The Cappella Papale (the mass) at the Sistine, where the new cardinals will get their rings, is said to be scheduled for November 21. The consistory per se would still be on November 20.
He is hearing that the consistory will be announced in early November. We had thought October 20 … with Father John, over the weekend, even agitating that it would be announced TODAY.
[If you go look, you will see that I did not believe that it would be today.] But Oct. 27 and Nov. 6 are also getting mentioned. I like Oct. 20. Here is a new, Oct. 13 [today] link from ‘The Seismograph’. Good post describes all the steps.
It is also interesting that they are saying Sunday, November 21 rather than November 20. They specifically mention Mass.
That is significant. The last time we had a Sunday consistory was in 1923, December 30, 1923 when Pius XI (#260) created just two cardinals. Sunday consistories are rare. Monday used to be THE day … until John Paul II (#265) came along. Please see chart towards the end.
Here is the ilsismografo page … in Italian. Use Google to translate.
Here is the full article referred to by ilsismografo.
While you are at it … check this out … in France … with my other blog referenced as indefatigable. Yep, that is me. Tireless.