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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.
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(ˈkɑːdɪnəˌleɪt) or


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

1. the body of cardinals.
2. the office, rank, or dignity of a cardinal.
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 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.
Quevedo, on the other hand, was elevated to the cardinalate only in February 2014 by Pope Francis nearly a year after he became pontiff.
A release from the Vatican press office said Francis had received McCarrick's resignation from the cardinalate in the evening of July 27, accepted it and also "ordered his suspension from the exercise of any public ministry, together with the obligation to remain in a house yet to be indicated to him, for a life of prayer and penance."
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.
Maria in Trastevere during the 1215 council, incorporating both the ritual significance of the act and an interest in the art-historical aspects of the decoration of the church itself, followed by a wide-ranging plenary from Dorothy Glass, asking questions about how members of the cardinalate, in this case Cardinal Guala Bicchieri, used art and architecture as expressions of patronage and interest.
He was ordained by Pope Paul VI in 1975; worked in the Signatura as a priest; made bishop of La Crosse Wisconsin in 1993; promoted to archbishop of the prestigious See, once cardinalate, of St.
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. The question of the ordination of women is as remote from the primary focus of the Extraordinary Synod of Bishops as is the question of the legitimacy of war as an instrument of foreign policy.
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.