Celebrating Archbishop Wuerl’s Elevation to College of Cardinals

November 14, 2010

The Archdiocese of Washington is “getting its red on” this week as it celebrates the November 20, 2010 elevation of Archbishop Donald Wuerl to the College of Cardinals by Pope Benedict XVI. During a 10:30 a.m. consistory (4:30 a.m. EST), the Pope will give 24 new cardinals a red biretta, or traditional ridged hat. Red is reserved to Cardinals and, as noted in the ceremony, symbolizes their willingness to “act with fortitude, even to the point of spilling your blood…”

Cardinals have two responsibilities: to serve as special advisors to the pope and, until turning age 80, to elect a new pope when there is an opening. More information about cardinals is online at www.adw.org. The consistory will bring the total number of Cardinals to 203 worldwide (out of a Church of more than one billion Catholics).

Over 350 people, mostly from Washington, DC and Pittsburgh are traveling to Rome to attend Saturday’s consistory, as well as a Mass on November 21 during which Pope Benedict will give each new cardinal a ring that he will wear from that point forward. For Cardinal-designate Wuerl, this will replace the one he has worn for the past 25 years. That ring was given to him by Cardinal John Wright, a former bishop of Pittsburgh and Vatican official for whom the Cardinal-designate worked as a young priest. Pope Paul VI had given Cardinal Wright the ring at the conclusion of the Second Vatican Council in 1965.

Here in the Archdiocese of Washington, a number of events are planned to celebrate the newly created Cardinals:

Watch It Live!

The consistory and the Papal Mass will be broadcast live on EWTN at 4:30 a.m. (EST) on November 20, and 3:30 a.m. (EST) on November 21. EWTN will rebroadcast the consistory at noon on November 20, and will rebroadcast the Papal Mass at noon on the November 21.The events will also be streamed online at www.CatholicTV.com at noon and 8:00 p.m. (EST) on November 20 and 21.

At the consistory on Saturday, November 20, Pope Benedict XVI will create 24 new cardinals, literally giving them a red hat (or biretta). At the Papal Mass on Sunday, November 21, the Pope will give each new Cardinal a ring symbolizing his connection with the Holy Father and Church.

Get Your Red On!

On Friday, November 19, all Catholics in the Archdiocese of Washington are invited and encouraged to wear red in celebration of Cardinal-designate Wuerl’s November 20 elevation to the College of Cardinals and the honor it will be for our archbishop and archdiocese.

Youth Video Contest

Students in Catholic schools and parish religious education classes throughout the Archdiocese of Washington are invited to participate in a creative video challenge, to congratulate Cardinal-designate Wuerl on his elevation to the College of Cardinals. The new cardinal will visit the winner’s Catholic school or parish religious education classroom after his return from Rome. Read more about the contest at the Archdiocese of Washington Facebook page (facebook.com/adw.org) or visit the WashArchdiocese YouTube channel. Videos will be accepted until December 12, 2010.

Virtual Pilgrimage

Do you wish you were going to Rome to participate in the Consistory? Beginning, Wednesday, November 17, you are invited to experience the spirit of the archdiocesan pilgrimage to Rome for the Consistory by making a local pilgrimage of your own. Each day, on the Archdiocese of Washington Facebook page and the archdiocesan blog at http://blog.adw.org, you will find a description of the pilgrimage sites, photos, readings from the pilgrimage liturgies and spiritual reflections from priests on the pilgimage in Rome.

Pledge a Prayer

Pray for God’s blessing on Cardinal-designate Wuerl and the mission of the church of the Archdiocese of Washington in the form of a spiritual bouquet. A spiritual bouquet is a list of prayers or offerings you will make as a prayer of intercession. To offer your gift, fill out the spiritual bouquet online at http://www.adw.org.

Mass of Thanksgiving to Welcome Home Cardinal Wuerl

The new Cardinal Wuerl will celebrate a Mass of Thanksgiving upon his return to Washington, DC on Sunday, November 28, 12:00 p.m. at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, 400 Michigan Avenue NE, Washington, DC. All are invited. A reception will follow the Mass.

The Archdiocese of Washington is home to 590,000 Catholics, 140 parishes and 98 Catholic schools, located in Washington, DC and five Maryland counties: Calvert, Charles, Montgomery, Prince George’s and St. Mary’s.

Brie Hall
Office of Communications
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