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Vatican 11.16.2016

Former Dallas Bishop Kevin J. Farrell made Cardinal on Saturday, November 19

On Saturday, November 19th, 2016, the Most Reverend Kevin J. Farrell, former Bishop of the Diocese of Dallas, was made a Cardinal at a special Consistory ceremony presided by Pope Francis. In addition, Pope Francis presided over Mass on Sunday, November 20, the solemnity of Christ the King, with the closing of the Holy Door which concludes the Holy Year of Mercy. A group of approximately 200 Dallas Catholics traveled to witness these historic events.

Cardinal Farrell had served as the Bishop of the Diocese of Dallas from 2007 until October  1st, 2016 after Pope Francis announced that he had chosen the Cardinal-designate as the Prefect of the new Vatican Dicastery (Department) for the Laity, Family and Life. Cardinal-designate Farrell moved to Rome on October 6th and just three days later the Holy Father announced on Oct. 9th that he would elevate the former bishop to Cardinal.

What are the main events during the celebration of the new Cardinals?

Saturday, November 19 - 4:00 a.m. CST
Rome -11:00 a.m. CET (UTC +1)

From St. Peter's Basilica, Holy Mass with The Holy Father as he elevates prelates to the level of cardinal.

Live Stream - Vatican channel on YouTube - beginning at 3:50 AM, video available after event

Live Stream with commentary - EWTN - Rebroadcast at 4:00 PM CST

Sunday, November 20 - 2:50 a.m. CST
Rome - 9:50 a.m. CET (UTC +1)

Pope Francis presides over Mass on the solemnity of Christ the King, with the closing of the Holy Door which concludes the Holy Year of Mercy

Live Stream - Vatican channel on YouTube - beginning at 2:50 AM, video available after event

Live Stream with commentary - EWTN


What is a Consistory?

During the Roman imperial epoch the term consistorium (Latin con-sistere, to stand together) was used to designate the sacred council of the emperors. In time it came to designate the senate of the Roman pontiff, that is, "the assemblage of the Cardinals in council around the Pope".

What will happen during the Consistory?

During the Papal Consistory Ceremony, each of the 17 prelates will kneel before Pope Francis to receive their ring and scarlet red zucchetti (small skullcaps) and biretta (three-horned hats), which marks their status as Prince of the Church. As stated by Pope St. John Paul II, ‘‘The scarlet that they wear recalls the blood of the martyrs, sealed by Peter and Paul, on whose supreme witness is based the calling and the universal mission of the Church of Rome and of her pastor.’’

Where can I learn more about Consistory events online?

Follow the social media for the Catholic Diocese of Dallas for live event coverage from the Texas Catholic news team as well as Bishop Lynch Senior Jessica Taylor, who will be traveling with the diocese pilgrimage group.

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