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CONSISTORY, ecclesiastical law. An assembly of cardinals convoked by the pope. The consistory is public or secret. It is public, when the pope receives princes or gives audience to ambassadors; secret, when he fills vacant sees, proceeds to the canonization of saints, or judges and settles certain contestations submitted to him.
     2. A court which was formerly held among protestants, in which the bishop presided, assisted by some of his clergy, also bears this name. It is now held in England, by the bishop's chancellor or commissary, and some other ecclesiastical officers, either in the cathedral, church, or other place in his diocese, for the determination of ecclesiastical cases arising in that diocese. Merl. Rep. h.t.; Burns' Dict. h.t.

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The new cardinals will receive their "red hats" at a ceremony known as consistory in Rome on June 29.
Another Consistory Court judge ordered the removal or toning down of the football themed gravestone of a road-rage victim in County Durham.
It will be his third consistory since his election in 2013 as the first non-European pontiff in 1,300 years and he has used each occasion to show support for the Church in far flung places or where Catholics are suffering.
Charles Mynors, a consistory court judge and chancellor of the Diocese of Worcester, said there was nothing to link the skull with the age old story it was stolen hundreds of years ago for a PS300 wager.
Before Quevedo went to Rome for the Consistory, he gave the task to Layson to again revive the inter-religious dialogues.
The Most Rev Vincent Nichols, the Archbishop of Westminster, received the symbolic red hat at a consistory ceremony in Rome.
The new cardinals received the traditional red hat and robes at the ceremony, known as a consistory, which was conducted in Latin and followed ancient tradition.
22 at the Vatican for a consistory, a formal meeting, to begin discussions.
Vincent Nichols will be made a cardinal at the next consistory on February 22, the Catholic Church in England and Wales confirmed.
He will receive the red hat on the Feast of St Peter in Rome at the next consistory of Cardinals.
Vincent Nichols (pictured) will be made a cardinal at the next consistory on February 22, the Catholic Church in England and Wales confirmed.