Religion: Twenty Red Hats

Last week Pope Pius XI, bland breaker of precedents, let it be announced that he will hold a secret consistory Dec. 16, a public consistory Dec. 19, to create 20 new Cardinals. In recent times such an act has been paralleled only by the 1911 consistory at which Pius X created 19 new Princes of the Church. The Sacred College has dwindled to 49 members—24 Italian, 25 non-Italian. The additions to be made by Pius XI will reverse the balance, 39 to 30, will bring the number to the highest point in the Church's...

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