It has been announced that Pope Francis will announce the date for the canonization of Blessed John XXIII and Blessed John Paul II at his first consistory to be held on the 30th September. The question is, will Pope Francis appoint new cardinals at his first consistory on the 30th September? At his last consistory Pope Benedict XVI appointed six new cardinals. The 30th September is shaping up to be a very important consistory in the life of the Church, when the cardinals of the world gather for the first time with Pope Francis since his election.
At or around this consistory the following events will happen:
1. Pope Francis announces the date for the canonization of Blessed John XXIII and Blessed John Paul II.
2. In early October, the Honduran Cardinal Oscar Rodriguez Maradiaga will chair the eight-member Cardinal commission to develop proposals for a reform of the Roman Curia on behalf of the Pope.
3. For the 4th of October, the Pope has announced a trip to Assisi associated with the great church reformer, St. Francis of Assisi.
4. Will Pope Francis appoint new cardinals?
Protect the Pope comment: Who do we expect to see on Pope Francis’ first list of cardinals, those archbishops prepared to shed their blood in defence of the Faith?