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Pope Francis names 20 new cardinals

Pope Francis names 20 new cardinals
January 04
16:37 2015
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Pope Francis has named 20 archbishops and bishops as new cardinals.

They were selected  from 14 countries across all the seven continents and would be installed at a ceremony scheduled for February 14.

The college of cardinals are the church’s most senior officials and usually ordained bishops

Fifteen of them are below 80 years, making them eligible to enter a conclave to elect the successor of the Pope.

Francis said the selection of the cardinals from all the continents shows that the Catholic church is united.

“Having the new cardinals from every continent, manifests the indissoluble links between the Church of Rome and the particular Churches present in the world,” he said in a statement released by the Vatican on Sunday.

It is the second time that Pope Francis has announced the appointment of new cardinals from a wide variety of countries.

In January 2014, he named 19 new additions, including churchmen from Haiti and Burkina Faso, which a Vatican spokesman said reflected his commitment to the poor.

He has previously said the Roman Catholic Church must strip itself of all “vanity, arrogance and pride” and humbly serve the poorest in society.

In his pre-Christmas address to cardinals, the Pope criticised the Vatican bureaucracy, complaining of “spiritual Alzheimer’s” and “the terrorism of gossip”.

He wants to see an overhaul of the church, bringing it closer to ordinary people.

 

NAMECOUNTRY
Dominique Mamberti                                    France
 Manuel Jose Macario                                    Portugal
Berhaneyesus Souraphiel                                    Ethiopia
John Atcherley Dew                                    New Zealand
Edoardo Menichelli                                    Italy
Pierre Nguyen Van Nhon                                    Vietnam
Alberto Suarez Inda                                    Mexico
Charles Maung Bo                                    Myanmar
Francis Xavier Kriengsak Kovithavanij                                    Thailand
Francesco Montenegro                                     Italy
 Daniel Fernando Sturla Berhouet                                     Uruguay
Ricardo Blazquez Perez                                     Spain
Jose Luis Lacunza Maestrojuan                                     Panama
Arlindo Gomes Furtado                                     Cape Verde
Soane Patita Paini Mafi                                     Tonga
Jose de Jesus Pimiento Rodriguez                                     Colombia
Luigi De Magistris                                     Italy
Karl-Joseph Rauber                                     Germany
Luis Hector Villalba                                     Argentina
Julio Duarte Langa                                     Mozambique

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