Francis sets date for second consistory, but no names announced yet.
(Vatican Radio) The director of the Vatican press office, Jesuit Father Federico Lombardi, announced Thursday that a consistory will be held in the Vatican February 14 and 15, 2015, to create new cardinals.
Father Lombardi made the announcement while briefing reporters on the final meeting of the “C9” — the Council of Nine Cardinals tasked with reforming the Vatican curia.
Father Lombardi explained that Pope Francis has been participating in the meetings of the nine cardinals. At the center of their discussions were the proceedings and comments made at the meeting of heads of Vatican dicasteries last November 24.
In particular, Father Lombardi said the cardinals spoke about the general criteria behind the project of curial reform and specific proposals, including the reorganization and consolidation of some pontifical councils. Other themes touched upon concerned the commission for the protection of minors. The members of the commission, said Father Lombardi, will probably be about 18 to ensure a broad representation geographically and culturally.
The director of the press office further announced that the next plenary council of the nine cardinals will be held from February 9 to 11. On that occasion there will be a comprehensive evaluation of the status of the guidelines and proposals being formulated for the reform of the Curia so that these can be presented to the Consistory of the College of Cardinals, scheduled for February 12 and 13.
In addition, Father Lombardi said Pope Francis had told him to announce the consistory to create new cardinals, but no names were announced.