Approaching Red Dawn
According to multiple Italian reports -- and, indeed, an unusual silence from the usual suspects -- the Pope will announce a fresh biglietto of red hats at the noontime (6am Eastern) Angelus on tomorrow's Epiphany. The fourth consistory of B16's pontificate is reportedly slated for 18-19 February, the last weekend before the start of Lent.
By that time, the College of Cardinals will be 13 clerics short of the maximum 120 members under age 80 who may participate in a conclave.
On grounds of age alone, another 11 seats in the electoral group come open over the remainder of this year, with 10 more slots turning over during 2013.
As always, stay tuned.