In his Christmas Message 1945, Pope Pius XII announced his intention, to make the College of Cardinals a living picture of the universality of the Church. Included here are cardinals created by Pope Pius XII in the consistory of February 18, 1946.

Pope Pius XII created 32 cardinals in the consistory of February 18, 1946. The College of Cardinals thus reached its legal limit of 70 cardinals.

Grégoire-Pierre Agagianian , Manuel Arteaga y Betancourt, Giuseppe Bruno, Antonio Caggiano, Jaime de Barros Câmara, José María Caro, Enrique Pla y Deniel, Josef Frings, Clemens August Graf von Galen, Juan Guevara, Norman Thomas Gilroy, John J. Glennon, Teódosio de Gouveia, Bernard Griffin, Johannes de Jong, Pierre Petit de Julleville, Benedetto Aloisi Masella, James Charles McGuigan, Clemente Micara, József Mindszenty, Edward Mooney, Carlos Carmelo Vasconcellos Motta, Agustín Parrado y García, Konrad von Preysing, Clément-Emile Roques, Ernesto Ruffini, Jules-Géraud Saliège, Adam Stefan Sapieha, Francis Spellman, Samuel Stritch, Thomas Tien Ken-sin.

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