Pope creates 13 new cardinals



To everyone’s surprise, the Pope announced on Sunday October 25, at the end of his Sunday Angelus, the names of 13 new cardinals. These appointments are very important for the Catholic Church, since the cardinals are notably those who participate in the conclave, provided they are under 80 years old, and therefore elect the Pope.

► Among them, Pope Francis has appointed nine cardinal-electors, therefore under 80:

Maltese Mario Grech is Secretary General of the Synod of Bishops,

Bishop Marcello Semeraro (Italy) is the brand new prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, having succeeded Cardinal Angelo Becciu, who was forced to resign on September 24.

Bishop Antoine Kambanda, Archbishop of Kigali, the capital of Rwanda. He is the first cardinal of his country.

Most Reverend Wilton Gregory, African-American Archbishop of Washington and figure in the struggle against Donald Trump.

Bishop Jose Fuerte Advincula, Archbishop of Capiz, on one of the central islands of the archipelago that forms the Philippines

Bishop Celestino Aós Braco, Archbishop of Santiago, Chile

Bishop Cornelius Sim, Apostolic Vicar of Brunei.

Bishop Augusto Paolo Lojudice, Archbishop of Siena, Italy. He is notably chairman of the commission of the Italian Episcopal Conference in charge of migrants.

Brother Mauro Gambetti, custodian of Assisi, in Italy.

► The Pope also appointed four cardinals over 80 years old, therefore non-voters

Bishop Felipe Arizmendi Esquivel, Bishop Emeritus of San Cristobal de Las Casas, Mexico.

Bishop Silvano Tomasi, Italian and former Permanent Observer of the Holy See to the United Nations in Geneva.

Brother Raniero Cantalamessa, the preacher of the Pontifical House.

Father Enrico Feroci, pastor of the parish of Santa Maria del Divino Amore in Castel di Leva (Italy), rector of the seminary of Our Lady of Divine Love.

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