[Tentative; based on rumor and speculation]
Text: Giuseppe Nardi
(New York) On November 19, the third ordinary public consistory of this pontificate will take place for the creation of new cardinals. The message has not been officially announced by the Holy See, but comes from the progressive American Jesuit magazine America.
Pope Francis has convened the consistory for the conclusion of the Holy Year of Mercy. Total wants the Pope, the Jesuit magazine, appoint thirteen new cardinals. The names will be announced in mid-October.
Previously Francis has appointed 39 Cardinals altogether at two consistories. 31 of them are entitled to vote in the conclave. Eight of new cardinals will be 80 at the time of their appointment.
According to America it will fall to the Pope in the third Cardinal consistory to move the church “from the center to the periphery.” An absolute majority of European cardinals will be “impossible” at the next conclave.
Currently there are 107 Cardinals in the Catholic Church who could act as papal electors in conclave. With the new appointments Francis will fill the electoral body to the ceiling established by John Paul II of 120 electors. 51 of the 107 electors come from Europe, which has, for a thousand years in the conclave and in for the first time ever in Church history to relinquish its absolute majority in the election of the Pope and humanly speaking, will never recover.
On November 20, the Pope will celebrate High Mass together with the new cardinals in St. Peter’s.