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 (kär′dn-ə-lĭt, -lāt′, kärd′nə-)
n. Roman Catholic Church
1. The position, rank, dignity, or term of a cardinal.
2. The College of Cardinals.


(ˈkɑːdɪnəˌleɪt) or


1. (Ecclesiastical Terms) the rank, office, or term of office of a cardinal
2. (Ecclesiastical Terms) the cardinals collectively


(ˈkɑr dn lˌeɪt)

1. the body of cardinals.
2. the office, rank, or dignity of a cardinal.


 the state of being a cardinal, hence, cardinals collectively.
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Noun1.cardinalate - cardinals collectively
clergy - in Christianity, clergymen collectively (as distinguished from the laity)
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The pope heaped attentions upon Rospigliosi and Spada, conferred upon them the insignia of the cardinalate, and induced them to arrange their affairs and take up their residence at Rome.
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A Head of the Council of Ten predicted that the 26,000 ducats given at the time by the family to Clement VII to acquire a cardinalate for Francesco would contribute to the ransom that the pope paid to the Spanish, who in turn would use the funds to fight Venice.
During the ceremony, Papal ambassador in Syria Archbishop Mario Zenari was elevated to the cardinalate.
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Earlier, retired Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Oscar Cruz said even if Quevedo submits his resignation, the pontiff might also not accept it because of his elevation to the cardinalate.
At the request of Prime Minister Stephen Harper, the Honourable Denis Lebel, Minister of Infrastructure, Communities and Intergovernmental Affairs and Minister of the Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec, will lead the Canadian delegation attending the ceremony for the elevation of Gerald Cyprien Lacroix, Archbishop of Quebec, to the cardinalate.
Some women religious, backed (and encouraged) by some over-enthusiastic priests, have even launched a movement to put on the agenda of the Extraordinary Synod of Bishops on the Family, the question of ordination of women to the priesthood and the appointment of women to the Cardinalate.
Cardinal Gregory first appears in papal records on 7 December, 1190, but we cannot know when he was appointed since papal eschatocols do not preserve subscriptions of men appointed to the Cardinalate, although even this information would not reveal anything more about Gregory (8).
After all, Cardinal Tagle's rise from bishop of Cavite to archbishop of Manila and thence to the cardinalate has been, by the Church's own glacial standards, quite meteoric.
39) Pope Leo X re-established San Matteo's cardinalate in 1517 and appointed Fra Egidio da Viterbo, Prior General of the Augustinians 1517-1519, to the office.
It begins with a highly informative introduction by Hollingsworth and Richardson, who build on their own broad expertise to describe the nature of the Cardinalate and its duties, detailing ceremonial requirements, rules of dress, and all the problems brought on by the immense burden of maintaining a splendid household.