Kiwi to become Cardinal of the Catholic Church tonight

14 Feb 2015 | GENERAL INTEREST

Since Pope Francis’ announcement in early January of Archbishop John Dew of Wellington as a Cardinal-designate, Catholics in New Zealand have been looking forward to the Consistory ceremony at the Vatican that will see Archbishop John join the College of Cardinals.

The Public Consistory for new Cardinals, is to be held on Saturday 14 February, (from 11pm NZ time). Cardinal-designates John Dew and Sione Mafi of Tonga and 18 others from all corners of the world will become members of the College of Cardinals.

[Editor’s Note: This Saturday evening people can watch in the Consistory in Rome on a live feed on the Vatican’s website. The following morning in Rome (10pm on Sunday NZ time) the Pope will celebrate Mass with the newly created Cardinals. The Mass will be live-streamed online. The events will be available for people to view on-demand. (Instructions on how to watch the events are below).
A booklet with the Consistory proceedings is on the Vatican’s website at: www.vatican.va/news_services/liturgy/libretti/2015/20150214-libretto-concistoro-creazione.pdf. It is in both Latin and Italian with an English translation on opposite pages.]

The College of Cardinals is the Church body that acts as close advisers to the Pope. A new Pope is usually elected by the members of this Conclave who are under the age of 80, on the resignation or death of a Pope.

The announcement of Archbishop John Dew as Cardinal has captured the imagination of people throughout the Catholic Archdiocese of Wellington. The announcement has also been welcomed by people from around New Zealand and the world.

On hearing of the announcement Archbishop John Dew, a self-described “fairly ordinary kiwi sort of a bloke” said, “Although we are geographically far from much of the world, Pope Francis has gone to the periphery of the globe to name new Cardinals. I'm honoured and humbled to be given this new task in my priestly vocation and in representing the people of Aotearoa New Zealand along with Tonga’s Cardinal-designate Mafi to represent Oceania in the global Church".

This Saturday evening people can watch in the Consistory in Rome on a live feed on the Vatican’s website. The following morning in Rome (10pm on Sunday NZ time) the Pope will celebrate Mass with the newly created Cardinals. The Mass will be live-streamed online. The events will be available for people to view on-demand. (Instructions on how to watch the events are below).

A booklet with the Consistory proceedings is on the Vatican’s website at: www.vatican.va/news_services/liturgy/libretti/2015/20150214-libretto-concistoro-creazione.pdf. It is in both Latin and Italian with an English translation on opposite pages.

ENDS
For more information please contact Simone Olsen, communications adviser, New Zealand Catholic Bishops +64 21 611 052.

For Cardinal-designate Dew's bio please visit www.wn.catholic.org.nz/archbishop

Archbishop John is also posting brief comments about various topics while in Rome on his public Facebook page www.facebook.com/ArchbishopJohnDew

INSTRUCTIONS FOR WATCHING THE CONSISTORY, USING VATICAN PLAYER
Rome is 12 hours behind NZ at present so the Consistory will be on Sat 14 Feb.from 11pm NZ time.
The Pope’s Mass with the Cardinals will be on Sun 15 Feb from 10pm-11.30pm.
To access Vatican Player:
Either follow this link
www.vatican.va/video/
or google Vatican player. If using google, click on “Vatican Player – La Santa Sede”.
The Vatican Player page may open in one of three ways depending on your computer:
1. The player may appear. There will be pictures and times etc. You can skip 2 and 3 below.
2. There may be a small blue and white button at the top left corner saying “Download Microsoft Silverlight”. In this case click on the button. When a box appears with “Run” in it click Run. The player with pictures and events should appear after a short time.
3. A grey box may appear which says Silverlight needs your permission to run. You may have a bar above the player which says “Run this plugin”. If so click on it. If not right click your mouse and click on Run this plug-in.
The player will open at the next event to be live-streamed. The boxes to the right are future events, and to the left are past events. Try a past event by clicking on the box to the left. When it comes to the front, click on “video on demand” underneath it.
Click on the small white triangle on the left to start showing the event. If you want to make it full screen click on the small black and white box on the right side opposite the white triangle. If you want to get out of full screen mode tap Esc top left on your keyboard. You can adjust volume on the player using the fuzzy arrow to the left of the small black and white box or using your computer’s volume control.
If you want to watch it after the event then go to the player and click through the boxes on the left side until you find it.