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Friday, March 24, 2006


VATICAN CITY, MAR 24, 2006 (VIS) - Following are the names of the 15 new cardinals created by Pope Benedict XVI in this morning's consistory as well as the titular or diaconate churches he assigned to them:

 - Cardinal William Joseph Levada, prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith: diaconate of St. Mary in Domnica.

 - Cardinal Franc Rode C.M., prefect of the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life: diaconate of St. Francis Xavier at Garbatella.

 - Cardinal Agostino Vallini, prefect of the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura: diaconate of St. Peter Damian ai Monti di San Paolo.

 - Cardinal Jorge Liberato Urosa Savino, archbishop of Caracas, Venezuela: title of St. Mary ai Monti.

 - Cardinal Gaudencio B. Rosales, archbishop of Manila, Philippines: title of the Most Holy Name of Mary in Via Latina.

 - Cardinal Jean-Pierre Ricard, archbishop of Bordeaux, France: title of St. Augustine.

 - Cardinal Antonio Canizares Llovera, archbishop of Toledo, Spain: title of St. Pancras.

 - Cardinal Nicholas Cheong Jinsuk, archbishop of Seoul, Korea: title of Mary Immaculate of Lourdes at Boccea.

- Cardinal Sean Patrick O'Malley O.F.M. Cap., archbishop of Boston, U.S.A.: title of St. Mary della Vittoria.

 - Cardinal Stanislaw Dziwisz archbishop of Krakow, Poland: title of St. Mary del Popolo.

- Cardinal Carlo Caffarra, archbishop of Bologna, Italy: title of St. John the Baptist of the Florentines.

 - Cardinal Joseph Zen Ze-kiun S.D.B., bishop of Hong Kong, China: title of St. Mary Mother of the Redeemer at Tor Bella Monaca.

- Cardinal Andrea Cordero Lanza di Montezemolo, archpriest of the Basilica of St. Paul's Outside-the-Walls: diaconate of St. Mary in Portico.

 - Cardinal Peter Poreku Dery, archbishop emeritus of Tamale, Ghana: diaconate of St. Helena fuori Porta Prenestina.

 - Cardinal Albert Vanhoye S.J., formerly rector of the Pontifical Biblical Institute and secretary of the Pontifical Biblical Commission: diaconate of St. Mary of Mercy and St. Adrian at Villa Albani.
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VATICAN CITY, MAR 24, 2006 (VIS) - In St. Peter's Square this morning, Benedict XVI celebrated his first Ordinary Public Consistory, during which he created 15 new cardinals who come from eleven different countries.

  Following the opening liturgical greeting, the Holy Father read the formula of creation and solemnly proclaimed the names of the new cardinals. The first of them, Archbishop William Joseph Levada, prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, then thanked the Pope in the name of all the others.

  After a Gospel reading, the Holy Father pronounced his homily.

  He highlighted how the Ordinary Public Consistory eloquently expresses "the universal nature of the Church, which has spread to every corner of the world in order to proclaim to all people the Good News of Christ our Savior."

  After recalling that John Paul II celebrated nine consistories, the Pope pointed out that although "down the centuries the College of Cardinals has changed in many ways, nevertheless the substance and essential nature of this important ecclesial body remain unaltered."

  "Total and generous availability to serve others is the distinctive mark of those in positions of authority in the Church," he added.

  "The first 'servant of the servants of God'," said Benedict XVI quoting the definition of St. Gregory the Great, "is Jesus. After him, and united with him, come the Apostles; and among these, in a particular way, Peter. ... The Pope must be the first to make himself the servant of all."

  Turning to address the new cardinals, the Pope highlighted how, "more closely linked to the Successor of Peter, you will be called to work together with him in accomplishing his particular ecclesial service, and this will mean for you a more intense participation in the mystery of the Cross as you share in the sufferings of Christ."

  The word "caritas," theme of his recent Encyclical, best summarized the significance of their call as cardinals, said the Pope. "May the scarlet that you now wear always express the 'caritas Christi,' inspiring you to a passionate love for Christ, for His Church and for all humanity. You now have an additional motive to seek to rekindle in yourselves those same sentiments that led the incarnate Son of God to pour out His blood in atonement for the sins of the whole world.

  "I am counting on you, venerable brothers, I am counting on the entire College into which you are being incorporated, to proclaim to the world that 'Deus caritas est,' and to do so above all through the witness of sincere communion among Christians."

  "I am counting on you to ensure that the principle of love will spread far and wide, and will give new life to the Church at every level of her hierarchy, in every group of the faithful, in every religious institute, in every spiritual, apostolic or humanitarian initiative."

  He concluded: "I am counting on you to see to it that our common endeavor to fix our gaze on Christ's open Heart will hasten and secure our path towards the full unity of Christians. I am counting on you to see to it that the Church's solicitude for the poor and needy challenges the world with a powerful statement on the civilization of love. All this I see symbolized in the scarlet with which you are now invested. May it truly be a symbol of ardent Christian love shining forth in your lives."

  At the end of the homily the new cardinals made the profession of faith before the people of God, swearing their faithfulness and obedience to the Pope and his successors.

  One by one, in the order in which they were created, the new cardinals then came and knelt before the Holy Father who imposed the red "biretta" or hat and assigned them a titular or diaconate church in Rome as a sign of their participation in the Pope's pastoral concern for the city.

  The Pope gave each new cardinal his Bull of Creation and exchanged an embrace of peace with them. The cardinals then exchanged the same embrace with each other

  The celebration concluded with the prayer of the faithful, the recitation of the Our Father and the final blessing.
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VATICAN CITY, MAR 24, 2006 (VIS) - The Office of Liturgical Celebrations of the Supreme Pontiff announced today that at 5 p.m. on Sunday, March 26, Cardinal William Joseph Levada, prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, will take possession of the diaconate of St. Mary in Domnica in Via della Navicella 10, Rome.
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VATICAN CITY, MAR 24, 2006 (VIS) - Made public today was the speech given by Msgr. Renato Volante, Holy See permanent observer to the United Nations Organization for Food and Agriculture (FAO), during the 28th session of the FAO Conference for the Near East, which was held in San'a, Yemen from March 12 to 16.

  In his English-language address, Msgr. Volante emphasized the need for rural development and food production in order to guarantee food security to all mankind, recalling the Holy See's particular sensitivity "to the question of fighting poverty, hunger and malnutrition." The Holy See, he went on, "confirms the availability of the Catholic Church and her various sectors and institutions to cooperate" in this field. This support should be considered "not only as a possibility of logistical support, but also as a source of ideal and programmatic inspiration."

  He concluded: "In guaranteeing to every person the possibility of having a qualitative standard of life and adequate food security, we participate in the great design of Creation and we have the chance to put common values before individual interests. International relations today, following the desire of all people to peaceful coexistence, require new forms of solidarity and communion in the implementation of programs and action, according to the fundamental principles of humanity and justice."
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VATICAN CITY, MAR 24, 2006 (VIS) - The day of reflection and prayer held yesterday in the Vatican's Synod Hall in the presence of the members of the College of Cardinals, focussed, in keeping with the wishes of Benedict XVI, on four main subjects, according to a Holy See Press Office communique made public today.

  The first subject, raised by Cardinal Giovanni Battista Re, prefect of the Congregation for Bishops, concerned the mission of bishops emeritus within the Church. Cardinal Dario Castrillon Hoyos, prefect of the Congregation for the Clergy and president of the Pontifical Commission "Ecclesia Dei," introduced the second subject: the efforts made to favor the ecclesial communion of the members of "Fraternity of St. Pius X."

  After the morning session, the cardinals resumed their work at 5 p.m. by considering the third question on the agenda: post-conciliar liturgical reform and the use of the Missal of St. Pius V, presented by Cardinal Francis Arinze, prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments.

  The fourth topic, introduced by Cardinal Secretary of State Angelo Sodano, concerned the Catholic Church's position towards Islam today.

  Various other cardinals also contributed opinions on these subjects before the Holy Father brought the meeting to an end at around 7 p.m.
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