Religion: The Next Consistory

Pope Pius is likely to call a new consistory early next year. With the death last week of Adeodato Cardinal Piazza, 73, the number of cardinals who have-died since the last consistory in 1953 rose to 13. For the past year rumors have buzzed about the Vatican that the college of cardinals would soon be brought back to its full strength of 70 members. The consistory seems more imminent because of 1) the death of the Vatican librarian, Giovanni Cardinal Mercati (TIME, Sept. 2), a scholar who understood Aramaic and the intricacies of racing...

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