Cardinals — A Marvelous, Monumental Reference

During a recent Web search I serendipitously stumbled upon The Cardinals of the Holy Roman Church” by Salvador Miranda.

This is a stupendous resource for anybody seeking information about the Catholic cardinals. In marked contrast to most other sites dealing with the cardinals, this site is not restricted to the current set of cardinals making up the College. Instead, Mr. Miranda goes back in history all the way to 112! So there is a general list of the known cardinals from 112 to to the present. That alone is an invaluable resource for those interested in papal history. I, for one, will reference that list many, many times over the coming months.

But it gets even better. Mr. Miranda has managed to provide biographical entries for all the cardinals from 1159 to the present. Wow. That is a labor of love and a great academic contribution not to mention achievement. Thank YOU, Mr. Miranda.

But that is not all. There are even picture galleries going back to 1846. While most of us are familiar with the images of the prior popes, we can’t say the same about the images of the cardinals that were responsible for electing those popes. Thanks to Mr. Miranda’s efforts we now have a chance to put a face to a name. Now with a few clicks I can get to see a picture (and also read the bio) of Cardinal William Henry O’Connell, of Boston, who missed both the 1914 and 1922 conclaves due to travel delays in trying to get to Rome. [Though he flew from Boston to New York in 1922, flying across the Atlantic was not a practical option. Charles Lindberg’s solo flight, for reference, was in June 1927.]

So please bookmark this site and visit it often. You will not be disappointed.

Thank You.

Anura Guruge

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