Pope Francis announced he will create 13 new cardinals on 5th October, choosing prelates from 13 different nations as a sign of “the missionary vocation of the Church that continues to proclaim the merciful love of God to all men and women of the earth.”
Announcing the names of the new cardinals, the pope included 10 men who are under the age of 80 and therefore will be eligible to vote in a conclave to elect a new pope. Three of the future cardinals are already over the age of 80, and the pope said he chose them because of their service to the Church.
“Let us pray for the new cardinals so that, confirming their adhesion to Christ, they will help me in my ministry as bishop of Rome for the good of the entire faithful, holy people of God,” the pope told pilgrims who had gathered to pray the midday Angelus with him.
One of the over-80 cardinals-designate is 82-year-old Archbishop Michael Fitzgerald, a Missionary of Africa born in England, who had served as president of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue and later as Vatican nuncio to Egypt.
The list of new cardinals:
– Bishop Miguel Ángel Ayuso Guixot, president of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue, 67.
– Archbishop José Tolentino Calaça de Mendonça, Vatican archivist and librarian, 53.
– Archbishop Ignatius Suharyo Hardjoatmodjo, Archbishop of Jakarta, Indonesia, 69.
– Archbishop Juan de la Caridad García Rodríguez, Archbishop of San Cristóbal de la Habana, Cuba, 71
– Archbishop Fridolin Ambongo Besungu, Archbishop of Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo, 59
– Archbishop Jean-Claude Hollerich, Archbishop of Luxembourg, 61
– Bishop Álvaro Leonel Ramazzini Imeri, Bishop of Huehuetenango, Guatemala, 72
– Archbishop Matteo Maria Zuppi, Archbishop of Bologna, Italy, 63
– Archbishop Cristóbal López Romero, Archbishop of Rabat, Morocco, 67
– Fr Michael Czerny, Under-secretary of the Migrant and Refugee Section of the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development, 73
– Retired Archbishop Michael Louis Fitzgerald, Apostolic Nuncio, 82
– Retired Archbishop Sigitas Tamkevicius, Archbishop Emeritus of Kaunas, Lithuania, 80
– Retired Bishop Eugenio Dal Corso, Bishop Emeritus of Benguela, Angola, 80
Picture: Pope Francis prays as he arrives for a consistory to create new cardinals in St Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican in this 28th June 2017, file photo. The pope announced that he will create 13 new cardinals at a 5th October consistory. (CNS photo/Paul Haring).