Pope Francis creates Bishops' Conference President a Cardinal

In his first ordinary public Consistory, Pope Francis elevated 19 of the Church’s prelates to the rank of Cardinal - including Cardinal Vincent Nichols, President of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of England and Wales. 

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Sunday 23 February, 8:50am: Pope Francis celebrated Holy Mass with the new cardinals created at his first ordinary public Consistory. Read more

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REPLAY: Consistory

Missed the Consistory broadcast or simply want to see Vincent Nichols elevated to the rank of Cardinal by Pope Francis? Here's a replay of the Consistory tha... Read more


Mass: New Cardinals

Pope Francis presided over Mass in St Peter’s Basilica on Sunday, one day after 19 bishops were added to the college of cardinals.Read more

Where and when?


Here's a summary timeline of public events for the Consistory that saw Pope Francis create 19 new Cardinals for the Catholic Church. The Consistory itself to...Read more



Here you will find a selection of images from the February 2014 Consistory that saw Vincent Nichols created a Cardinal by Pope Francis in Rome. Read more



Pope Francis' first ordinary public Consistory offers the opportunity for us to come together as a Catholic community in England and Wales to celebrate and p...Read more


What's a Consistory?

Want to know what happens at a Consistory for the creation of new Cardinals? A new rite introduced during the Consistory of 18 February 2012 and this article...Read more


Cardinal's Role

What's a Cardinal in the Catholic Church and what's his role? This question and more information on the historical background are answered in this article. Read more



On 12 January, the Holy Father Pope Francis announced that Archbishop Nichols will be made a Cardinal at the next consistory on 22 February 2014. Read more