(College of Cardinals Update) Cardinal Paolo Romeo (Italy), Metropolitan Archbishop Emeritus of Palermo turned 80 and becomes ineligible to participate in a future Papal Conclave

Cardinal Paolo Romeo, Cardinal Priest of Santa Maria Odigitria dei Siciliani, Metropolitan Archbishop Emeritus of Palermo has turned 80 on Tuesday, 20 February 2018. Therefore, in accordance to the Apostolic Constitution Universi Dominici Gregis, he can no longer vote in a future Papal Conclave.

Cardinal Paolo Romeo has served the Church for many years in the diplomatic service, as the Apostolic Nuncio to Haiti from 1983 to 1990, and then as Apostolic Nuncio to Colombia (199o to 1999), Canada (1999 to 2001) and Italy and San Marino (2001 to 2006).

Cardinal Paolo Romeo was appointed as the Metropolitan Archbishop of Palermo (Italy), a position he held from 2006 to 2015. He was made a Prince of the Church, as the Cardinal Priest of Santa Maria Odigitria dei Siciliani at the Consistory of 20 November 2010 by Pope Benedict XVI, the Vicar of Christ.

We pray for Cardinal Paolo Romeo, that even in his retirement years, he may continue to inspire the faithful and the Church, and keep strongly the teachings of the Church. May he have a good health and be blessed all the days of his life. Ad multos annos!

Currently, there are 118 Cardinal-electors in the College of Cardinals, which means that there are 2 vacancies for Cardinal-electors available at the moment. The next Cardinal to age out will be Cardinal Francesco Coccopalmerio, President of Pontifical Council for Legislative Texts (Italy) on 6 March 2018.

(College of Cardinals Update) Cardinal Antonio Maria Veglio (Italy), President Emeritus of the Pontifical Council for the Pastoral Care of Migrants and Itinerant People turned 80 and becomes ineligible to participate in a future Papal Conclave

Cardinal Antonio Maria Veglio, Cardinal Deacon of San Cesario in Palatio, President Emeritus of the Pontifical Council for the Pastoral Care of Migrants and Itinerant People has turned 80 on Saturday, 3 February 2018. Therefore, in accordance to the Apostolic Constitution Universi Dominici Gregis, he can no longer vote in a future Papal Conclave.

Cardinal Antonio Maria Veglio has served the Church for many years in the diplomatic service, as the Apostolic Pro-Nuncio of many countries from 1985 to 1989 (Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands) and 1989 to 1994 (Senegal, Guinea-Bissau, Cape Verde, Mali) and then later as the Apostolic Nuncio to the same countries from 1994 to 1997 before his appointment as Apostolic Nuncio to Lebanon (1997 to 2001) and Kuwait (1997-2001).

Cardinal Antonio Maria Veglio was appointed Secretary of the Congregation for the Oriental Churches in 2001, and he was appointed as the President of the Pontifical Council for the Pastoral Care of Migrants and Itinerant People, a position he held from 2003 to 2017. He was made a Prince of the Church, as the Cardinal Deacon of San Cesario in Palatio at the Consistory of 18 February 2012 by Pope Benedict XVI, the Vicar of Christ.

We pray for Cardinal Antonio Maria Veglio, that even in his retirement years, he may continue to inspire the faithful and the Church, and keep strongly the teachings of the Church. May he have a good health and be blessed all the days of his life. Ad multos annos!

Currently, there are 119 Cardinal-electors in the College of Cardinals, which means that there is 1 vacancy for Cardinal-electors available at the moment. The next Cardinal to age out will be Cardinal Paolo Romeo, Metropolitan Archbishop Emeritus of Palermo (Italy) on 20 February 2018.

Tuesday, 4 November 2014 : 31st Week of Ordinary Time, Memorial of St. Charles Borromeo, Bishop (Homily and Scripture Reflections)

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Dear brothers and sisters in Christ, today we celebrate together the memory of a great saint of the Church and a faithful son of the Church, that is St. Charles Borromeo, or St. Carolus Borromeus, or in his original native language, San Carlo Borromeo, an Italian saint who was a Cardinal of the Holy Roman Church and the Metropolitan Archbishop of Milan, a great diocese of the Church, and one of the most influential figure in Christendom at his time, and a great champion of Counter-Reformation.

St. Charles Borromeo was born to a rich and noble family, the younger son of that noble family, who were not expected to succeed the family riches and titles, and thus as was usual at that time, he entered the seminary at a young age, and was prepared for a church career path. And when his uncle was elected as the Pope, he was invested with the red hat of the cardinalate, as what is now known as a ‘Cardinal-Nephew’.

St. Charles Borromeo nevertheless stood apart from many of his generation’s peoples and their vices, and he stood apart from the other Cardinal-Nephews and from the other servants of the Church. He was incredibly humble and devoted in his life, and in his ministry to the works of the Church and to the people of God. St. Charles Borromeo lived simply during his time in Rome to help the administration of the Holy Roman Church.

When his elder brother died, his family wanted him to quit the church career, to marry and produce heir to continue the family legacy. But St. Charles Borromeo remained true and faithful to his ministries and calling, and devoted himself to aid the growth and reform of the Church, through his crucial and important role in the Council of Trent.

And in accordance to the reforms of the Council of Trent, he wanted to devote himself better to the Church, and therefore decided to go through the full process of devotion, through his ordination to the priesthood, and then as a bishop, vested with the full gifts and authority of the sacred order of God. And he was made the Metropolitan Archbishop of Milan, a great honour but also a great challenge, being the largest Archdiocese in the entire Europe and indeed in the entire Christendom.

The Church in Milan was large and have numerous Catholics, but as a whole, the priests and the laity alike had been unfaithful to the teachings of Christ in the Church. Wickedness and vices were plenty, and many succumbed to the temptations of the flesh and the soul. Selling of indulgences, simony, selling of church titles and positions were rampant. And in accordance with the pious reforms of the Council of Trent, St. Charles Borromeo set about to address all those issues and rejuvenate the Church in Milan.

Under his stewardship, the Church under his care was thoroughly cleansed from the vices and evils which it had accumulated prior to the ministry of his pious undertakings. He cleansed the Church from impurities and wickedness, and realising that all these vices were caused by the lack of education and preparation for the priests, the shepherds of the people, he established many seminaries and institutes to help better equip and prepare priests in their upcoming ministries.

Through his hard works and crucial inputs into the Council of Trent, and through his devoted works towards reform in the diocese he had been entrusted with, he brought much grace and saving grace to the people of God. And through these actions he had done, and from the works he had committed, we can also learn a lot of things and be inspired that we may also follow in his footsteps and do what is righteous in the sight of God.

And how is the life of this saint relevant to the Scripture readings we heard today? That is because St. Charles Borromeo represent the attitude of obedience and listening to the will of God, as what St. Paul wrote to the Church in Philippi, where he highlighted the obedience of Christ, the full and complete obedience without being distracted and misled by the concerns of the world and the self. Christ obediently carried the cross of mankind’s sins to His death, so that we may be saved by that act of ultimate love.

And in the Gospel we heard about Jesus telling His disciples and the people a parable, in which a person held a great feast and invited many guests to come to the feast. Yet, despite the very kind and good offer, the people who were invited refused to come to the feast and instead they went about doing their own activities and routines.

This is much like us, brothers and sisters in Christ. Our Lord Jesus Christ who has prepared a banquet and feast for us, to share in His Body and Blood, which He gave us freely through the sacrifice on the cross, has given us a free gift of salvation and life in Him, and yet we refused to listen to Him and indeed we rejected that generous offer of our Lord, thinking that we can find better options and pleasure in this world.

And thus we often sin, brothers and sisters, we often disobeyed the Lord’s will and preferring to listen to our own desires. We acted like those guests who were invited and yet refused to come. And thus, if we continue on this path, what lies for us ahead is only damnation and destruction. We will also not share in the goodness of the Lord, which He will offer to others willing to listen to Him and change their ways.

Therefore, shall we reflect on our own lives and then also think of what I have shared with you on the life and works of St. Charles Borromeo, the humble and holy saint of God? Let us dwell no longer in our sinfulness, but embrace the love of God, and say yes to Him as He invites us to His feast of everlasting life. In that way therefore, let us be faithful and accept the Most Holy Eucharist, our Lord’s ultimate way of showing His obedience and love for us, with joy and thanksgiving.

May Almighty God guide us always, so that we may grow lesser and smaller in our ego and pride, and instead grow stronger in our charity and love. Let us seek the Lord with hearts full of love and zeal, following in the footsteps of St. Charles Borromeo. St. Charles Borromeo, faithful and true servant of God, pray for us sinners! Amen.

 

First Reading :

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Psalm :

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Gospel Reading :

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Cardinals Update : Cardinal Franc Rode, C.M., Prefect Emeritus of the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and for Societies of Apostolic Life (Slovenia), turned 80, ceases to be a Cardinal-elector

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On Tuesday, 23 September 2014, Cardinal Franc Rode, C.M., Cardinal-Deacon of S. Francesco Saverio alla Garbatella, Prefect Emeritus of the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and for Societies of Apostolic Life (Slovenia), turned 80, and therefore, according to the rules written in the Apostolic Constitution Universi Dominici Gregis, he lost his right to vote in any future conclave. Cardinal Franc Rode was born in Ljubljana, Slovenia on 5 September 1934.

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Cardinal Rode was made Cardinal-Deacon of S. Francesco Saverio alla Garbatella by Pope Benedict XVI in the 2006 Consistory of Cardinals on 24 March 2006, the first Consistory of his pontificate. Cardinal Rode was made a Cardinal in honour of his position as the Prefect Emeritus of the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and for Societies of Apostolic Life, the branch of the Roman Curia in charge of all religious orders and all matters pertaining to religious life and profession, a position he held from 2004 to 2011. Before that, Cardinal Rode was the Metropolitan Archbishop of Ljubljana (Slovenia), the greatest and largest see in the country of Slovenia, from 1997 to 2004.

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May God bless His Eminence Cardinal Rode with a blessed old age and health. May he remain strong in the faith and hopefully can perhaps still continue to work great graces and good works of love and peace just as he had once done in his long service to the Church, particularly his contributions as a member of the Roman Curia in helping the actions of the Holy See and the Pope.

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The College of Cardinals now stands at 210 members in total, with 113 Cardinal-electors and 97 Cardinal non-electors. There are now a vacancy of 7 Cardinal-elector as compared to the maximum number of electors allowed in the Conclave of 120.

Next Cardinal-elector to age out (80) will be Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, S.D.B. (Italy), the Cardinal Secretary of State Emeritus of the Secretariat of State and the current Chamberlain of the Holy Roman Church of the Apostolic Camera on 2 December 2014.

Cardinals Update : Cardinal Paul Josef Cordes, President Emeritus of Pontifical Council ‘Cor Unum’ (Germany), turned 80, ceases to be a Cardinal-elector

On Friday, 5 September 2014, Cardinal Paul Josef Cordes, Cardinal-Deacon of S. Lorenzo in Piscibus, President Emeritus of the Pontifical Council ‘Cor Unum’ (Germany), turned 80, and therefore, according to the rules written in the Apostolic Constitution Universi Dominici Gregis, he lost his right to vote in any future conclave. Cardinal Paul Josef Cordes was born in Kirchhundem, Germany on 5 September 1934.

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Cardinal Cordes was made Cardinal-Deacon of S. Maria Ausiliatrice in Via Tuscolana by Pope Benedict XVI in the 2007 Consistory of Cardinals on 24 November 2007, the second Consistory of his pontificate. Cardinal Cordes was made a Cardinal in honour of his position as the President of the Pontifical Council ‘Cor Unum’, the branch of the Roman Curia focused on the efforts of the Holy See in the field of human and Christian development, involved in various charitable acts and humanitarian relief efforts, a position he held from 1995 to 2010. Before that, Cardinal Cordes was the Secretary of the Pontifical Council for the Laity from 1980 to 1995, and before that, the Auxiliary Bishop of Paderborn (Germany), from 1975 to 1980.

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May God bless His Eminence Cardinal Cordes with a blessed old age and health. May he remain strong in the faith and hopefully can perhaps still continue to work great graces and good works of love and peace just as he had once done in his long service to the Church, particularly his contributions as a member of the Roman Curia in helping the actions of the Holy See and the Pope.

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The College of Cardinals now stands at 210 members in total, with 114 Cardinal-electors and 96 Cardinal non-electors. There are now a vacancy of 6 Cardinal-elector as compared to the maximum number of electors allowed in the Conclave of 120.

Next Cardinal-elector to age out (80) will be Cardinal Franc Rode, C.M. (Slovenia), the Prefect Emeritus of the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and for Societies of Apostolic Life on 23 September 2014.

Cardinals Update : Cardinal Paolo Sardi, Patron of the Sovereign Military Hospitaller Order of St. John of Jerusalem of Rhodes and of Malta (Italy), turned 80, ceases to be a Cardinal-elector

On Monday, 1 September 2014, Cardinal Paolo Sardi, Cardinal-Deacon of S. Maria Ausiliatrice in Via Tuscolana, Cardinal-Patron of  the Sovereign Military Hospitaller Order of St. John of Jerusalem of Rhodes and of Malta (Italy), turned 80, and therefore, according to the rules written in the Apostolic Constitution Universi Dominici Gregis, he lost his right to vote in any future conclave.

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Cardinal Paolo Sardi was made Cardinal-Deacon of S. Maria Ausiliatrice in Via Tuscolana by Pope Benedict XVI in the 2010 Consistory of Cardinals on 20 November 2010, the third Consistory of his pontificate. Cardinal Sardi was made a Cardinal in honour of his position as the Patron of  the Sovereign Military Hospitaller Order of St. John of Jerusalem of Rhodes and of Malta, also known as the Sovereign Military Order of Malta, one of the most prominent and important charity and public action arm of the Church, the direct and current successor of the Knights Hospitallers established during the era of the Crusades, a position which he held from 2009 to the present day.

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May God bless His Eminence Cardinal Sardi with a blessed old age and health. May he remain strong in the faith and hopefully can perhaps still continue to work great graces and good works of love and peace as he continues to minister to the people of God through his patronage of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta. We also pray for the success of the actions and the charities of this faithful order of the Church.

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The College of Cardinals now stands at 210 members in total, with 115 Cardinal-electors and 95 Cardinal non-electors. There are now a vacancy of 5 Cardinal-elector as compared to the maximum number of electors allowed in the Conclave of 120.

Next Cardinal-elector to age out (80) will be Cardinal Paul Josef Cordes (Germany), the President Emeritus of the Pontifical Council ‘Cor Unum’ on 5 September 2014.

Cardinal deaths update: Passing of Cardinal Francesco Marchisano (Italy) and Cardinal Edward Bede Clancy (Australia)

Cardinal Francesco Marchisano, Cardinal-Priest of S. Lucia del Gonfalone pro hac vice Title passed away on Monday, 27 July 2014 at the age of 85. He was the President Emeritus of the Labour Office of the Apostolic See and the Permanent Commission for the Protection of Historical and Artistic Monuments of the Holy See. He was also the Vicar General Emeritus of the Diocese of Rome, a position which he occupied during the years 2002 to 2005.

Meanwhile, Cardinal Edward Bede Clancy, Cardinal-Priest of S. Maria in Vallicella passed away on Sunday, 3 August 2014 at the age of 90. He was the Metropolitan Archbishop Emeritus of Sydney, and therefore the Primate Emeritus of Australia. He faithfully led the faithful in Sydney from 1983 to 2001.

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Cardinal Marchisano was created Cardinal in 2003 by Pope St. John Paul II in his ninth and last Cardinal creation consistory on 21 October 2003. His motto was In Caritate Radicati et Fundati, which means rooted and grounded in love, that is the emphasis placed on love, which is the essential and the greatest fruit of the Holy Spirit, and the fact that without love, we cannot truly have faith in the Lord.

 

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Cardinal Edward Bede Clancy

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Cardinal Marchisano was created Cardinal in 1988 by Pope St. John Paul II in his fourth Cardinal creation consistory on 28 June 1988, on the eve of the Solemnity of St. Peter and St. Paul. His motto was Fides Mundum Vincit, which means faith conquers the world, the fact that is truly about how if we have faith, no matter what the world throws at us, we will prevail, just as the Lord will eventually prevail against the world and the forces of Satan.

We pray for the soul of these two great Princes of the Church and the servants of God’s people. May their hard work and commitments to the Church and God’s people bring them justification and eternal rest in God’s presence in heaven. We pray also for those whom they had left behind, that their legacies and hard work will continue to bear fruit in those whom they had touched in life.

With the passing of Cardinal Agre, the College of Cardinals now stands at 211 members, with 117 Cardinal-electors (one reduced due to Cardinal Claudio Hummes having exceeded the electorate age of 80) and 94 Cardinal non-electors. The number of Cardinal-electors now is 3 below the specified maximum limit of 120.

There are now 3 Cardinal-elector vacancy in the College of Cardinals, 0 vacant Cardinal Suburbicarian Sees (for Cardinal Bishops), 4 vacant Cardinal Title (for Cardinal Priests) and 8 vacant Cardinal Deaconries (for Cardinal Deacons).