College of Cardinals


Also found in: Thesaurus, Wikipedia.
Related to College of Cardinals: Sacred College

College of Cardinals

n. Roman Catholic Church
The body of all the cardinals that elect the pope, assist him in governing the church, and administer the Holy See when the papacy is vacant.

College of Cardinals

n
(Ecclesiastical Terms) RC Church the collective body of cardinals having the function of electing and advising the pope

Col′lege of Car′dinals


n.
the chief ecclesiastical body of the Roman Catholic Church, electing and advising the pope and comprising all of the cardinals of the church.

College of Cardinals

A body of the highest authority next to the pope in the Roman Catholic Church. The pope is elected from one of the cardinals, and is elected by them. They assist the pope in religious and non-religious affairs.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.College of Cardinals - (Roman Catholic Church) the body of cardinals who advise the Pope and elect new Popes
body - a group of persons associated by some common tie or occupation and regarded as an entity; "the whole body filed out of the auditorium"; "the student body"; "administrative body"
Church of Rome, Roman Catholic Church, Roman Church, Western Church, Roman Catholic - the Christian Church based in the Vatican and presided over by a pope and an episcopal hierarchy
cardinal - (Roman Catholic Church) one of a group of more than 100 prominent bishops in the Sacred College who advise the Pope and elect new Popes
References in classic literature ?
Not the Pope himself shall have these from me, though he sent the whole college of cardinals to ask it.
The bestowal of the biretta, marking the formal induction of the 15 new members into the College of Cardinals, took place Friday, March 24, while a thanksgiving Mass in which the pope hands out rings to the new cardinals was the next day.
Indeed, some of Archbishop Quinn's suggestions about collegiality, the appointment of bishops, the curia, a nd the papacy itself are useful in this endeavour, as when he suggests alterations in the role and make-up of the College of Cardinals or in the Roman curia.
The College of Cardinals made sense during the Middle Ages when they headed the seven major churches or dioceses around Rome.
According to the Code of Canon Law, a cardinal remains at the service of the pope both personally and as a member of the College of Cardinals, which may be summoned by the pope for particular needs.
4, which include episcopal confreres from places never before included in the College of Cardinals.
It was known that he planned to increase the geographical diversity of the College of Cardinals.
On Sunday, the 78-year-old reigning pope have announced the new names that will be joining the College of Cardinals on February 14.
7) Holy See Press Office, "The College of Cardinals Statistics," January 31, 2014.
Than the Pope dies and Henry finds himself sequestered with the College of Cardinals and their secretaries determining who will be the next Pope, an inside look that very few ever see.
He said: "There is a good group of Birmingham pilgrims here in Rome today to support Cardinal Vincent Nichols as Pope Francis welcomes him into the College of Cardinals.
A source close to the Vatican said: "There could be a canonical trial and Pope Francis could ask him to resign from the College of Cardinals and hand back his red hat but I think it's unlikely.

Full browser ?