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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