This, by any standard, was a surprise, ‘snap’ announcement of a consistory. There was no need for one at this time — in that the cardinal-electors at 97% of full.
That he announced 5 and just 5 is intriguing.
As the graphic above clearly shows, barring any deaths, this means that there will be 121 electors until early February 2018.
IF there were to be a conclave prior to that having 121 cardinal electors would be a problem — as I have discussed many, many times.
I have a feeling that there is SOME significance to this consistory.
Many things are strange and different! More on that soon.
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