Tuesday, April 05, 2005

Cardinals "in pectore"

Someone asked about the cardinals named "in pectore." (which means "in the heart"). These are bishops who were named as cardinals by the Pope, but only secretly because for some reason the Pope felt it best to not make it known. The names of the cardinals whom Pope John Paul II named secretly have not been revealed, but may be if the Pope names them in his will.

1 comment:

Rae said...

It looks like not. Someone in the Vatican (Cardinal Ratzinger?) has confirmed that the Holy Father never revealed to anyone the identity of the cardinal(s) in pectore.