Pope Francis names 14 new cardinals

Pope Francis announces the 14 new cardinals yesterday (Vatican Media)

Pope Francis will create 14 new cardinals next month, giving the red cardinal’s hat to the papal almoner and the Iraq-based patriarch of the Chaldean Church, among others. Source: Catholic Herald.

Announcing his choices, the Pope said that coming from 11 nations, the new cardinals “express the universality of the Church, which continues to proclaim the merciful love of God to all people of the earth.”

Pope Francis’s list included three men over the age of 80 “who have distinguished themselves for their service to the Church.”

When the Pope made the announcement, the College of Cardinals had 213 members, 115 of whom were under the age of 80 and therefore eligible to vote in a conclave to elect a new pope. Cardinal Angelo Amato, prefect of the Congregation for Saints’ Causes, will celebrate his 80th birthday on June 8.

Under Pope Francis, the idea that some Church posts and large archdioceses always are led by a cardinal is fading, but is not altogether gone. His latest choices included the papal vicar of Rome, Cardinal-designate Angelo De Donatis, and the prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, Cardinal-designate Luis Ladaria. But other traditional cardinal sees like Venice and Milan in Italy or Baltimore and Philadelphia in the United States were not included in the Pope’s latest picks.

The new cardinals, listed in the order Pope Francis announced them, are:

  • Chaldean Patriarch Louis Raphael I Sako, 69, Iraq.
  • Spanish Archbishop Luis Ladaria, 74, prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.
  • Italian Archbishop Angelo De Donatis, 64, papal vicar for the Diocese of Rome.
  • Italian Archbishop Giovanni Angelo Becciu, 69, substitute secretary of state.
  • Polish Archbishop Konrad Krajewski, 54, papal almoner.
  • Archbishop Joseph Coutts of Karachi, Pakistan, 72.
  • Bishop Antonio dos Santos Marto of Leiria-Fatima, Portugal, 71.
  • Archbishop Pedro Barreto of Huancayo, Peru, 74.
  • Archbishop Desire Tsarahazana of Toamasina, Madagascar, 63.
  • Archbishop Giuseppe Petrocchi of L’Aquila, Italy, 69.
  • Archbishop Thomas Aquinas Manyo Maeda of Osaka, Japan, 69.
  • Archbishop Sergio Obeso Rivera, retired archbishop of Xalapa, Mexico, 86.
  • Bishop Toribio Ticona Porco, retired prelate of Corocoro, Bolivia, 81.
  • Spanish Claretian Father Aquilino Bocos Merino, 80.


Pope Francis names 14 new cardinals (Catholic Herald)


Pope Francis announces names of fourteen new cardinals (Vatican News)

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