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Urbano Cardinal Navarrete Cortés, SJ, RIP

Urbano Cardinal Navarete SJ.jpgUrbano Cardinal Navarrete Cortés, SJ, 90, died today. The Mass of Christian Burial is scheduled for November 24; the Dean of the College of Cardinals, Angelo Cardinal Sodano will celebrate the Sacrifice of the Mass and His Holiness will preside over the Final Commendation and give a valediction. 

His Eminence was a professor of Canon Law, a former rector of the Pontifical Gregorian University, a prolific author and a consultor of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Disciple of the Sacraments.
In 2007, Pope Benedict created Father Navarrete a cardinal of the Roman Church. He was dispensed of the episcopal dignity. The Pope assigned him the Church of San Ponziano as his titular Church.
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Cardinal Navarrete was a Spanish Jesuit (entering in 1937), ordained priest in 1952. And since 1958 was a professor of Canon Law at the Gregorian, specializing in marriage law, where he also served as dean of the Canon Law faculty.

Cardinals get a new sign of the fidelity to Mother Church –the ring

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To go with a cassock and a new biretta (the 3 gore squarish hat) there’s a new ring, simple and symbolic of one’s fidelity to Jesus Christ and the Church.
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Gianfranco Cardinal Ravasi, Pontifical Council of Culture
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His Beatitude, Antonios Cardinal Naguib, Patriarch of the Copts, Egypt

The two new American Cardinals of the Roman Church

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Left: His Eminence, Raymond Leo Burke
Above: His Eminence, Donald William Wuerl

New cardinals assigned a Roman titular church

Paolo Sardi.jpgThe tradition is that when a cardinal is made by the pope, the cardinal becomes a priest of the Diocese of Rome. As members of the Roman clergy, he receives a church, though now in title only, (which he vicarious takes care of by finding the funding for projects), and has the responsibility of entering a conclave to elect a new pope and when asked, to provide his consultation on certain topics.

The new cardinal will take possession of his new church within the next six months.
Interesting to note: Cardinal Antonios Naguib is not assigned a titular church because he uses Saint Paul outside the Walls because the church’s close, historic connection with the See of Alexandria; Cardinal Fortunato Baldelli is assigned the Benedictine church of Sant’ Anselmo (replacing the recently deceased Cardinal Mayer, OSB);  Cardinal Raymond Burke is assigned Church of Sant’ Agata de’ Gotti, the church where the Stigmatine Fathers have the generalate (replacing the recently deceased Cardinal Spidlik, SJ); the 93 year old Cardinal Domenico Bartolucci is assigned the Church of Santissimi Nomi di Gesù e Maria in via Lata (replacing Cardinal Dulles, SJ).
The complete list of the assignments of the churches is here.

NOW there’s 24 new cardinals of the Roman Church

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The Pope created 24 new cardinals, 20 of them still work as pastors and heads of offices in the Church, 4 are honorary members of the College of Cardinals (they can’t vote for a new pope because they’re over 80 yrs).
The Scripture for today’s Liturgy of the Word:
1 Peter 3 – reverence for the Lord and witness to the reason for our hope
Psalm 145
Mark 10 – they were on the road to Jerusalem, Jesus was ahead of them, those who followed were afraid, and Jesus told the 12 of what was to happen to Him and to them
“… the cardinals witness to the Church and to the world … singular and precious cooperators entrusted to Peter by Christ … to love according to the Law of Christ,” Pope Benedict.

About the author

Paul A. Zalonski is from New Haven, CT. He is a member of the Fraternity of Communion and Liberation, a Catholic ecclesial movement, and an Oblate of Saint Benedict. Contact Paul at paulzalonski[at]yahoo.com.
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