On Saturday, March 25, 2017, Cardinal De Kesel took possession of the Basilica of Sts. John and Paul. Fr. Augusto Matrullo, Rector of the Basilica, read the official document of Pope Francis naming His Eminence Jozef De Kesel the Titular Cardinal of the Basilica. Fr. Joachim Rego, Superior General, welcomed the Cardinal on behalf of the Passionist Congregation and the local community of Sts. John and Paul.