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Pope to install 1st batch of new cardinals Feb. 22, but hasn't yet revealed who they are
Reported by: Associated Press
Reported: Thursday, October 31, 2013 9:30 AM EDT
Pope Francis has decided to install his first batch of cardinals on Feb. 22 — but he hasn't let on who will join the club of red-hatted churchmen who will one day elect his successor.
In the past, popes would announce the dates for consistories at the same time that they announced the names of the new cardinals themselves.
Lombardi said Francis decided to announce the date now — and the names later — to give existing cardinals more time to arrange their schedules to be in Rome for the ceremony.