Sovereign Military Hospitaller
Order of St John of Jerusalem of
Rhodes and of Malta


Fra’ John T. Dunlap at the Consistory in Vatican City

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Arriving from the five continents, the cardinals met in St Peter’s Basilica on the afternoon of Saturday, 27 August for Pope Francis’ eighth Consistory, during which 20 new cardinals were nominated.

The meeting was attended by the delegation of the Sovereign Order of Malta, led by the Lieutenant of the Grand Master, Fra’ John T. Dunlap, accompanied by the Grand Commander, Fra’ Ruy Gonçalo de Villas-Boas, the Grand Hospitaller, Dominique de La Rochefoucauld-Montbel, some other members of the Sovereign Council and the Order of Malta’s ambassador to the Holy See, Antonio Zanardi Landi.

The rite, during which the Pope bestowed on the new cardinals the red biretta, the ring and the title or diaconia, was held in St Peter’s Basilica, preceded by the singing of “Tu es Petrus”. In addition to the creation of the new cardinals, the consistory also involves a vote on the causes for the canonization of two blessed and a meeting reflection on the Praedicate Evangelium, the Apostolic Constitution reforming the Roman Curia.

Late Saturday afternoon, the delegation of the Sovereign Order of Malta took part in the “warm visits” to the Paul VI Hall, to greet and congratulate the new cardinals, in particular the two members of the Order of Malta:

• Arthur Roche, Archbishop-Bishop emeritus of Leeds, Prefect of the Dicastery for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, who has been Conventual Chaplain Grand Cross ad honorem since 2016

• Mgr. Fernando Vérgez Alzaga, Archbishop Tit. of Villamagna di Proconsolare, President of the Pontifical Commission for Vatican City State and President of the Governorate of Vatican City State, who has been Conventual Chaplain Grand Cross ad honorem since 2015.

The Lieutenant will also be present on Tuesday, 30 August at the Mass celebrated by the Pontiff with the new cardinals, again in St Peter’s Basilica, which will seal the event.