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CARDINAL PATRON ELEVATED TO SACRED COLLEGE

Archbishop Sardi leading the Order's procession of the Sanctissimum in Loreto last year.
From the Vatican News Service yesterday:
At the end of the General Audience today, the Holy Father Benedict XVI has announced a Consistory for  20th November next, in which he will proceed to the nomination of twenty-four new Cardinals. These are the words of the Pope: 
"And now with joy I announce that next November 20th I will hold a Consistory in which I will name new Members of the College of Cardinals. The Cardinals have the task of helping the Successor of the Apostle Peter in the implementation of his principal, fundamental, perpetual and visible mission of the unity of the faith and communion within the Church (cf Lumen gentium, n. 18)."
Among the names of the new 'Porporati' is Monsignor Paolo Sardi, titular Archbishop of Suturium, Vice-Chamberlain of the Holy Roman Church, Cardinal Pro-Patron of the Sovereign Military and Hospitaller Order of Saint John of Jerusalem of Rhodes and of Malta. His Eminence now takes the full title of Cardinal Patron of the Order, or Cardinalis Patronus, a post last held, for 16 years, by Cardinal Pio Laghi.

We offer Cardinal Sardi our congratulations, best wishes and the assurance of our prayers, as we do to the other 23 prelates raised to the rank of the sacred purple.