On the Feast of Saints Peter and Paul: Five New Cardinals by the Pope’s Side

Consistory and Blessing of the Palliums

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On Wednesday, June 28, 2017 at 4:00 p.m., Pope Francis will preside over a Consistory in the Vatican Basilica, to create five Cardinals.

The five Cardinals designated by the Pontiff last May 21 are Archbishop Jean Zerbo of Bamako (Mali); Archbishop Juan Jose Omella of Barcelona (Spain); Bishop Anders Arborelius of Stockholm (Sweden); Monsignor Louis-Marie Ling Mangkhanekhoun, Apostolic Vicar of Pakse (Laos); and Monsignor Gregorio Rosa Chavez, Auxiliary Bishop of San Salvador (El Salvador).

The new Cardinals, the College of Cardinals, as well as the Metropolitan Archbishops, appointed during the year, will concelebrate with the Holy Father during the Mass for the Solemnity of the Holy Apostles Peter and Paul, in St. Peter’s Basilica on Thursday, June 29 at 9:30 am.

On that occasion, in keeping with tradition, the Pope will bless the palliums for the new Metropolitan Archbishops. They will not be “imposed” on them, but will be sent ultimately to the Apostolic Nuncios of the different countries to foster the participation of the faithful of the dioceses. It is a reform introduced by Pope Francis in January of 2015.

Henceforth the delivery of the palliums will take place from the Pope’s hands, but in private, after a blessing on June 29 at Saint Peter’s. And then, what is called “the imposition” on the shoulders of a Metropolitan Archbishop will take place in his country, surrounded by the other Bishops of his Ecclesiastical Province.

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