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Pope Appoints 19 New Cardinals

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altVATICAN CITY, JAN. 12:  Pope Francis on Sunday announced 19 new cardinals from around the world, who mainly hail from the Global South, including places like Haiti, Burkina Faso, and the Philippines.


Pope Francis made the announcement during his weekly Angelus address in St. Peter's Square on Sunday, Jan. 12.


Cardinals, at times known as the "princes of the church", are usually senior Catholic leaders who serve either as archbishops in the world's large dioceses' or in the Vatican's Curia. Their principal role is to gather in secret conclave following the death or resignation of a pope to elect his successor and assist the Pope in the administration of the universal Church.


Of the 19 new prelates Pope Francis will formally induct into the college on February 22, only four come from the Vatican's Curia. There is only one Italian in the group.


The Vatican press office said Pope Francis had also stuck by a rule that only 120 cardinals be under the age of 80. As 13 such seats were already vacant and three others were to be vacant by the end of May, the pope's choice of 16 cardinal electors raises the number to 120 exactly.


The full list of the names of the new cardinals:

1.    Pietro Parolin, Titular Archbishop of Acquapendente, Secretary of State

2.    Lorenzo Baldisseri, Titular Archbishop of Diocleziana, Secretary General of the Synod of Bishops

3.    Gerhard Ludwig Muller, Archbishop-Bishop emeritus of Regensburg, Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith

4.    Beniamino Stella, Titular Archbishop of Midila, Prefect of the Congregation for the Clergy

5.    Vincent Nichols, Archbishop of Westminster (Great Britain)

6.    Leopoldo José Brenes Solórzano, Archbishop of Managua (Nicaragua)

7.    Gérald Cyprien Lacroix, Archbishop of Québec (Canada)

8.    Jean-Pierre Kutwa, Archbishop of Abidjan (Ivory Coast)

9.    Orani João Tempesta, O.Cist., Archbishop of Rio de Janeiro (Brazil)

10. Gualtiero Bassetti, Archbishop of Perugia-Città della Pieve (Italy)

11. Mario Aurelio Poli, Archbishop of Buenos Aires (Argentina)

12. Andrew Yeom Soo jung, Archbishop of Seoul (Korea)

13. Ricardo Ezzati Andrello, S.D.B., Archbishop of Santiago del Cile (Chile)

14. Philippe Nakellentuba Ouédraogo, Archbishop of Ouagadougou (Burkina Faso)

15. Orlando B. Quevedo, O.M.I., Archbishop of Cotabato (Philippines)

16. Chibly Langlois, Bishop of Les Cayes (Ha√Įti)

17. Loris Francesco Capovilla, Titular Archbishop of Mesembria, Former Personal Secretary of Blessed Pope John XXIII

18. Fernando Sebasti√°n Aguilar, C.M.F., Archbishop emeritus of Pamplona

19. Kelvin Edward Felix, Archbishop emeritus of Castries.

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