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Pope announces consistory at Wednesday general audience

Pope Benedict XVI greets pilgrims during his general audience in St Peter's Square (Photo: CNS)

Pope names 24 new cardinals

List includes a large number of Italians but not Archbishop Nichols of Westminster or Archbishop Dolan of New York

Rumours abound that a consistory will take place next month. Above: cardinals assemble in St Peter's Basilica in 2007 (Photo: PA)

Apartments in Rome are ‘already being readied’ for a consistory on November 20 and 21, according to a source

New cardinals likely to be named

Pope Benedict expected to call a consistory