Cardinal George Pell, Archbishop of Sydney with Pope Francis
Ranked 110 in the sacred College of Cardinals, George Cardinal Pell is a Cardinal Priest. He was born on the 8th June, 1941 and made a Cardinal by Bl. Pope John Paul II on 21st October, 2003.He has been Archbishop of Sydney since 2001.He has for many yeas been first a Consultor and then a Member of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace and for 10 years a Member of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith and he was Chairman of the international Vox Clara Committee which oversaw the correction of the English language translation of the Order of Mass.He has had extensive involvement in Seminary and Diocesan Education.In 2012 he was appointed to the Congregation of Bishops as a Member. He proposed and secured and saw to successful completion, World Youth Day in Sydney in 2008. He is a figure of National standing in Australian political and social life.
Cardinal Pell is characteristically direct and to the point in what he says and did not hesitate to make clear his unfavourable view of the precedent - effect of Pope Benedict XVI's Retirement, and to decry the lack of support shown by some around the Holy Father .
Cardinal Pell's Episcopal Motto is " Nolite Timere" ( " Be not Afraid") and his titular church is S.Maria Domenica Mazzarello.
Cardinal Sean Patrick O'Malley O.F.M.Cap. Archbishop of Boston
Ranked No. 122 in the Sacred College of Cardinals, Cardinal O'Malley is a Cardinal Priest and Cardinal Elector. He was born on 29th June, 1944 and was made Cardinal by Pope Benedict XVI in March, 2006.
He took over the much-troubled Archdiocese of Boston in July, 2003 succeeding Cardinal Law upon whom much opprobrium was heaped as the extent of the sexual abuse crisis in the Archdiocese became clear. Cardinal O'Malley has not only had to deal with the aftermath of that but also manage a massive re-structuring of the Parishes in the Archdiocese , closing some 65 Parishes and their churches. He has also had to deal with the historic links between Church leaders in the Archdiocese and the ruling Democratic Party.And these difficulties became crystal clear when the Cardinal officiated at the Funeral Service of the nominally Catholic Senator Edward Kennedy who had actively campaigned in favour of pro-Abortion legislation - greatly scandalising many people in the process.
Cardinal O'Malley is a Member of the the Congregation for Clergy, the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life and a member of the Presidential Council of the Pontifical Council for the Family.
He also is a Blogger - the first Cardinal to enter the lists in this field.
Cardinal O'Malley's Episcopal Motto is " Quodcumque dixerit facite" ( "Do whatever He tells you.") and his titular church in Rome is S.Maria della Vittoria.
Cardinal Oswald Gracias
Archbishop of Bombay
Ranked No. 131 in the Sacred College of Cardinals, Cardinal Gracias isa Cardinal Priest and a Cardinal Elector. He was born on 24th October , 1944 and made a Cardinal by Pope Benedict XVI in November, 2007. He has been Archbishop of Bombay since 2006.
He has been Secretary of the Catholic Bishops Conference of India and President of the Conference of Catholic Bishops of India (Latin Rite).He is a Member of the Pontifical Council for Legislative texts, and a Member of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments.And he has been elected Secretary-General of the Federation of Asian Bishops Conferences.He is also a Member of the Pontifical Council for Social Communications, the Congregation for Catholic Education and was one of the Papally appointed Synod Fathers in 2012.
His Episcopal Motto is " To reconcile all things in Christ" and his Titular church is S. Paolo della Croce a " Corviale".
Apart from the eight Members Bishop Marcello Semeraro of Albino in Italy will act as Secretary of the Council.