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Pope weighing expansion of College of Cardinals?

January 12, 2015

Pope Francis is weighing a proposal to expand the College of Cardinals, the ANSA news service reports.

According to ANSA, the Pope has received a suggestion from Cardinal Antonio Canizares Llovera of Valencia, Spain, that the number of cardinals eligible to vote in a papal conclave should be raised from 120 to 140.

ANSA reports that this proposal will be discussed when the world’s cardinals meet for a consistory in February.

The limit of 120 cardinal-electors can be exceeded at the discretion of the Pope, and in fact Pope Francis has named 15 prelates who will become cardinal-electors at the February consistory, bringing the total of electors to 125.

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  • Posted by: kwonbbl1 - Jan. 12, 2015 9:18 PM ET USA

    What does difference such a change in the number make?