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The month of February willbe a busy one at the Vatican, with a list of high profile events instore.

It will start offwhen the Pope meets his advisory group from February 17thto the 19th.

The so called G8 council is the group of cardinals who advise thePope on the governance of the Church and possible reforms. Theirfirst two sessions took place in October and December.

In this session, the G8 isexpected to see reviews it requested from outside consulting firms.

 Everything from the management of the Vatican and its bank, to theHoly See's communications department.

 From the 20thto the 21st,cardinals will be summoned from all over the world to meet with thePope. It will be a time to reflect on the strengths and challengesfaced by families and a way to prepare for the Synod on the Familynext year.

On February 22nd,the Pope Francis will name 19 new cardinals during his very firstconsistory.

Of the 19, a total of 16are under the age of 80, which means they will be eligible to vote inan eventual conclave.

These newest membersinclude Secretary of State, Pietro Parolin, the archbishop of Seoul,Andrew Yeom Soo-jung, from Quebec, Gérald Lacroix, and fromWestminster, Vincent Nichols.

The three Cardinals-electover 80 are Loris Capovilla, who served as John XXIII secretary, alsoSpaniard Fernardo Sebastián, and from the Caribbean Kelvin EdwardFelix.

The day after theConsistory, on the 23rd,Pope Francis will celebrate Mass with all the cardinals.

The coming days willstill be quite busy. On the 24thand the 25th,the Council on the Synod of Bishops will lead a series of meetings atthe Vatican.

 

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