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Archive image of the consistory of 5 October 2019 Archive image of the consistory of 5 October 2019  (Vatican Media)

All things consistory: linguistic origin....

Have you ever wondered what the word “consistory” means? Or where the word “cardinal” comes from?

By Veronica Scarisbrick

Saturday's consistory, during which Pope Francis is set to create thirteen new cardinals, provides us with an opportunity to dig into our archives in search of popular "Latin Lover", Carmelite Father Reginald Foster’s linguistic expertise.

In a conversation with Veronica Scarisbrick, the Latinist explains how some of the vocabulary surrounding consistories derives from the Latin, including the word cardinal: “Cardinals are the hinges on which the Church revolves...”; we say “to create cardinals” because the word creare means to appoint them…"

Listen to the podcast, presented and produced by Veronica Scarisbrick, in which Father Foster describes the linguistic origin "of all things consistory", including the red hat:

Listen to Veronica Scarisbrick and Fr Reginald Foster talk about the linguistic origin of "all things consistory"
27 November 2020, 15:11