“Do not let anyone steal hope” – Cardinal Grech tells consistory

CArdinal Mario Grech consistory

Tista' taqra bil- Malti.

“Do not let anyone steal our hope,” newly appointed Cardinal Mario Grech told the Papal consistory convened on Saturday afternoon where thirteen clerics were elevated to the College of Cardinals, the group of red-robed churchmen whose primary task is to elect a new pope. It’s the seventh time Francis has named a new batch of cardinals since his election in 2013.

Addressing the consistory, Cardinal Grech said: “Let Mary, Stella Maris, who the Maltese worship under the title of the Blessed Virgin of Ta’ Pinu, fill us with hope.”

The consistory is happening amid the coronavirus pandemic. Reflecting on the situation, Cardinal Grech said that in the current dramatic circumstances which the world and the Church are living through, the pandemic is putting before us a challenge giving us the opportunity to address the situation in a different manner.

He explained that during these times we are given an opportunity to rethink our lifestyles, our relationships with one another, the organisation of our society and above all rethinking the meaning of our lives.

Cardinal Grech assigned to the Basilica of Santi Cosma e Damiano

Cardinal Mario Grech has been assigned to the Basilica of Santi Cosma e Damiano which is on Via dei Fori Imperiali in Rome.

Cardinal protectors are assigned titular churches while in the case of Cardinal-deacons, like Cardinal Grech, they are assigned to deaconries.

Originally, they were charitable institutions first mentioned in connection with Pope Benedict II (684–685). Pope Adrian I (772–795) fixed their number at 18, a number that remained constant until the 16th century.

Communications Office | Diocese of Gozo