January 21, 2012
Father Prospero Grech OSA, whose appointment to the College of Cardinals was announced by Pope Benedict on January 6, will be ordained bishop in the Co-Cathedral of Saint John, Valletta, Malta, on Wednesday, February 8, 2012. Father Prospero's colleague, Msgr. Giuseppe Versaldi, likewise a Cardinal-designate, who was recently named President of the Prefecture of Economic Affairs of the Holy See, will be the principal consecrator. Co-consecrators are Msgr. Paul Cremona OP, Archbishop of Malta and Msgr. Mario Grech, Bishop of Gozo. The Concistory during which the future Msgr. Prospero and Msgr. Versaldi will become Cardinals is to be held on the morning of Saturday, February 18, in Saint Peter's Basilica. The following day the new Cardinals will concelebrate Mass with the Holy Father also in Saint Peter's. Father Prospero made his profession in the Order in October, 1944, and was ordained priest in March, 1950. He will be the second Maltese Cardinal in history, and the first Augustinian Cardinal since Sebastiano Martinelli who was named in 1901.