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Friday, February 21, 2014

Quevedo and 18 Others Installed as Cardinals in Vatican

Cotabato Archbishop Quevedo emerges from the Synod Hall at the Vatican City with prelates among them Manila Archbishop Tagle on Thursday. Pope Francis elevates Quevedo and 18 other bishops to cardinal. Pope Francis will elevate Cotabato Archbishop Quevedo, OMI with 18 others to the Vaticans College of Cardinals in ceremonies at the St. Peter's Basilica in Rome, Italy on Feb. 23, 2014. The Pontiff will lead to public consistory for the creation of the new cardinals at the basilica with papal mass at 11 am Rome time (6 pm Manila time). The 19 new cardinals fro 12 countries 16 active and 3 retired archbishops will receive their rings skullcaps and birette both in scarlet from the Holy Father during the ceremony. On Feb. 23, 2014 at 10 am Pope Francis will lead a papal mass with the new cardinals at the basilica. As senior ecclesiastical officials of the Church, cardinals whose most important function in the Church is to elect the pope, rank just below the Holy Father. The consistory an assembly of cardinals presided by the Pope for the promulgation of Papal acts such as the creation of cardinals, coincides with the Feast of the Chair of St. Peter. Celebrated in Rome since the 4th Century, the Feast of the Chair of St. Peter highlights the authority of the Bishop of Rome as the Vicar of Christ. When the pope gives a dogmatic definition for the Universal Church, he said to speak "From the Chair". The College of Cardinals assists the Pope in governing the Catholic church. Cardinals are in charge of the various congregations of the Roman Curia.       
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